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Overall Rating
2.57

Awesome: 28.57%
Worth A Look: 11.11%
Average: 1.59%
Pretty Bad: 6.35%
Total Crap52.38%

3 reviews, 45 user ratings


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Welcome To Woop-Woop
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by Chris Parry

"Many aussie films are about retards. This was DIRECTED by one."
1 stars

Wow. What a non effort pile of shit this is.

Here's the thing about aussie films. In order to 'make it' overseas, where the phat money is, they have to be quirky.

Looking at the aussie releases of the the last twenty years, you're pretty much looking at a line up of schizophrenics, outback crocodile wrestlers and drag queens, and nothing else.

Why? Because the USA doesn't need more mainstream. They have enough of that already. But quirkiness? Who would invest in that?

So every aussie director finds a story about retarded folks or deranged folks or gay folks and they know they're on a good thing. They have no competition. They're a cinch.

Don't believe me? Let's look at Australia's entries to Cannes this year. Head On, about homophobia, and Dance Me To My Song, a drama surrounding a severely handicapped woman and her carer.

Before that came Shine (deranged), Cosi (handicapped), Angel Baby (schizophrenics), Bad Boy Bubby (deranged), Malcolm (deranged), one would be forgiven for thinking that every Australian has a metal plate in their head.

But every now and then one of these quirky flicks makes it big. For example, Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert. Great movie all around. Original theme, funny, no complaints. Heck, there's even the odd Oscar for costumes.

Then certain people, namely the hitherto unknown director, Stephan Elliott, get it in their head that they could take a runny shit in a rusty bucket, slap it on some celluloid and people will buy a ticket to see it.

And thus you have Welcome To Woop Woop.

This is quite certainly a runny shit on celluloid. I haven't seen a more stereotyped example of Australians since the opening scenes of Crocodile Dundee. The guys in kangaroo suits in Tank Girl were more Australian than the 1950's prototypes thrown up in this piece of crap. Picture a Fosters TV commercial without any shred of humor whatsoever. Then stretch it to two hours.

Feeling ill yet?

I'd be bemused by all this if I didn't know exactly what was going on here. Elliott has stated publicly that he was continually annoyed by the studios wanting him to make movies for them but not liking the ideas he presented to them.

So what did he do? He's used their money and churned out a no effort, useless, pointless, moronic piece of excrement. The studio will release it, nobody will come, they'll lose cash, he'll move on.

And what happened? The movie did no business in Australia where it was roundly derided for it's cultural cringe, got put back by months in the US so that the negative buzz would die, and Elliott? Well, he's already working on his next film, signed well before Welcome To Woop Woop was handed in, no doubt.

It's not the fault of the actors (who I won't name in order to preserve their careers, I'm sure they'd be thankful), they're just doing their best with the ghastly script and premise they've been handed. And let's face it, aussie actors aren't exactly driving convertibles. They have to take the jobs that are offered and I'm sure they all cringed when they realised what they were taking part in.

I worry about you folks. Money doesn't grow on trees and you've worked hard for what you have. Don't waste it on films such as these, for they are what you might call "rip-off"s. Bullshit. Theft. Welcome To Woop Woop is an aussie version of Heaven's Gate. Stephan Elliott should be blacklisted for the next five years for misappropriating the studio's money, not to mention mine.

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originally posted: 10/24/98 00:05:37
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User Comments

4/22/11 sam D&G Undies 5 stars
4/12/10 Sophie Love the guy in the d&g undies, what a spunk, what a movie 5 stars
2/21/09 Tracy good film, and i loved the music, i think that is what made the movie 5 stars
8/29/07 chienne Oh, Christ! The most embarrassing pile of tripe I've ever seen. 1 stars
8/18/07 DAvid P Awesome movie, too bad the dvd is so hard to find in the U.S. 5 stars
8/12/07 Kate Chapman gotta love aussie moves - anyone know where I can get a DVD copy? 5 stars
11/06/05 scott schaffer loved it !!!!!! 5 stars
6/01/05 KDK Ugly, unfunny and completely shithouse. 1 stars
3/07/05 wally martin loved it, what a pisser 5 stars
1/16/05 Steamtrousers Alan Finney's 'performance' is the worst in cinema history. And fits perfectly. 1 stars
12/04/04 Mike brilliant satire lighten up 5 stars
11/07/04 Guillaume Nothing like what I've seen b4. LoVeD iT !!! 5 stars
8/22/04 J Albright I should have watched paint drying instead of this movie! 1 stars
8/18/04 Josh fresh and sexy 5 stars
7/08/04 Wayne Webster it was a good movie but then again not a great movie 4 stars
4/26/04 chris loved it 5 stars
4/07/04 zack wow great! 5 stars
1/10/04 Frank Dunstan A send up never intended to be taken seriously. I loved it. 5 stars
1/07/04 Shane Pacholli Great film, Rod Taylor was best actor 5 stars
1/07/04 DJ Yes, an overlooked classic. Makes me re-think Elliott. 4 stars
1/05/04 Amelia Hall I thought it quite quirky and eccentric 3 stars
1/05/04 susie the music was better than the movie 2 stars
10/30/02 Al-Antony Moody I thought it was a bit nutz (not talking about the jock scene lol) :) I liked it! 4 stars
9/29/02 Peter Sherlock Most of the poor old commentatoers and critics failed to see the farce! 5 stars
9/16/02 Tiff Bloody Right This Movie Is A Cult Favorite ALready! 4 stars
1/24/02 Sam Clough Great Black humour...Superb acting..Great escapist movie that takes you to the edge. Great 4 stars
9/30/00 Lisa okay so it was stereotypical, I laughed and I dont have a plate in my head, but I think you 4 stars
5/25/00 necro Bloody Bonza Oz Flick Mate! 5 stars
8/16/99 Marshy Fucking hell? What the fuck was that? Fucking sucks. 1 stars
5/23/99 necro Fantastic movie. Loved every minute of this farce! 5 stars
1/02/99 FERAL BERAL some of the lines in this film were funny but overall it was a cringe factor, nightmare 1 stars
12/24/98 The Dude OK here are my two words FUCKING SUCKS. 1 stars
12/07/98 Shadow Raider No offense, but this Aussie film suck ass to the core. Why? 1 stars
12/06/98 Mr Showbiz A shrill and incoherent mess that pans out to little more than a Bronx cheer. 2 stars
11/27/98 little jerry Everyone thinks this is a dog but it's the surest bet to be a cult fave in years to come. 4 stars
11/25/98 Bad Kosh Woop-woop my butt! Right in the shitter! I'll show you woop-woop! 1 stars
11/13/98 Lord Of The Dunce No matter if you go see this, rent this or get in free, you'll feel ripped off. 1 stars
10/27/98 Ice Princess THIS MOVIE IS SHITHOUSE!!!! 1 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo The shittiest in years. Why did *this* get a US release when better aussie movies haven't? 1 stars
10/07/98 Korny Island The worst Australian movie in ten years. Just awful in every. 1 stars
10/01/98 Simple Pimple Just completely awful. Were they even trying to make a good film? 1 stars
9/21/98 MR HOLLYWOOD YOU MUST BE FUCKIN JOKING!!,this is australian at its worst,when was it good??????? 1 stars
9/09/98 Karl Denninger I like the fact that they begin to systematically date rape the entire country of australia 5 stars
8/25/98 {{{OZ}}} What a heap of dingo turds. 2 stars
8/23/98 Dutch I hate Stephan Elliot. Poncey asshole. Puncey flick. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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