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Strange Planet
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"Endearing, realistic, and with a pretty cute cast to boot."
4 stars

It's not a sudden, momentous revelation: one morning on waking that your life appears to be headed in no particular direction. It's more that around the time you reach twenty-something, thirty-something issues like family, career and security, that they start to hinder your ability to be the swingin' single, free and easy individual you thought you were.

In the follow up to her acclaimed debut Love and Other Catastrophes, director Croghan moves her milieu to Sydney, following three guys and three girls over the year leading up to the new millennium. There's Judy (Karvan), spunky, ambitious and with a penchant for older (married) men. Friend Sally (Garner), spontaneous, charming but a bit flaky. And then there's gentle Alice (Watts), seemingly the most together of the group.

The three guys, Ewan (Long from Two Hands), Neil (Williamson) and Joel (Jeffrey from The Interview) are friends who went through law school together, though in matters of the heart they don't exactly see eye to eye. Ewan's a bit of a womaniser, worried about finding some direction in his life, career and love. The sensitive Joel has just been left by his wife; and as for clumsy Neil, well, he simply can't get a girl at all.

Beginning on a fairly disastrous New Year's Eve, the two groups embark on a journey of finding themselves over the next twelve months, with a few silly choices, some stupid mess-ups and a whole lotta learning experiences. It's endearing, realistic (...most of the time...), bolstered by a strong soundtrack, and with a pretty cute cast to boot.

Ultimately, Strange Planet is the sort of stuff that most of us go through at some time or other, making it easy to relate, although probably more so if you're a girl.

You might not aspire to emulate the characters, but that's probably because you're already there. ---Susan M. Wills

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originally posted: 10/07/99 00:52:28
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User Comments

2/25/15 PAUL SHORTT ENGAGING, LIKEABLE AND WELL PACED 4 stars
5/19/05 LaraB Goodbye Emma-Kate, we won't miss you, you spoiled talentless little princess 1 stars
1/14/05 Herve This film was so bad the director fled Australia and never worked again. Thankfully. 1 stars
5/01/02 M. Nels Pearson Good film editing work. Poor diction all the way through. Weak story, but entertaining. 3 stars
10/17/00 neilb a film of unlikable characters. NEed more Felix WIlliamson 3 stars
10/14/99 Larry fun 4 stars
10/14/99 Jacqui Great time-lapse shots around Sydney city! 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Dec-1999

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  07-Oct-1999 (MA)




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