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My Mother Frank
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by Stephen Groenewegen

4 stars

My Mother Frank begins as a warm, amiable comedy about a middle-aged Catholic woman (Frank, short for Francis, played by Sinead Cusack) who shakes herself out of the doldrums by enrolling as a student in her son's university. Most of her friends and family are horrified, not least her son (Matthew Newton), who is busy falling in love with his best mate's girlfriend (Rose Byrne). Meanwhile Frank has raised the ire of her disapproving English tutor (Sam Neill).

Matthew Newton is utterly disarming as David; relaxed and natural in the role, even when the character's uptight. He generates valuable goodwill, steering the audience through some of the film's more awkward, broad comedy moments. Not long after the half-way point, first-time writer-director Mark Lamprell expertly steers his film into darker emotional territory and gives Cusack a real chance to shine.

The supporting cast is full of familiar and welcome faces (Lynette Curran, Sacha Horler, Nicholas Bishop) and all the principals (including a more animated than usual Sam Neill) are excellent. While it meanders a little towards the end, My Mother Frank delivers more than it promises and is a genuine Australian crowd-pleaser.

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User Comments

10/28/05 Michelle I really enjoyed it! 4 stars
1/14/05 Odell From the moment it begins it never stops sucking. 1 stars
4/17/04 Emma its a great movie.... well written and performed by all the characters 4 stars
3/02/03 Annie Excellent movie! My whole family thought it was great 5 stars
2/03/02 Erin I LOVED it!!!! (and i loved Matt Newton he he he) 4 stars
1/21/02 Philip Fourie Interesting, but story line vague 4 stars
12/20/01 alex excellent ensemble piece, warm but not sentimental 5 stars
11/29/01 Icabod Crane It was Great, So was matthew 5 stars
10/18/01 Sam Brilliant - Rose Byrne was a welcome addition 5 stars
9/25/01 Matthew Levy Nice feel good movie 4 stars
9/22/01 Jonathan Paton superb! 5 stars
6/13/01 lex wonderful 5 stars
5/03/01 Ian Intelligent & lively 4 stars
4/29/01 caroline exciting 5 stars
3/23/01 amy great movie the best i've seen in a long time recommend it to everyone especially aussies 5 stars
3/19/01 J.Arcane Dov is Gay 2 stars
3/15/01 Featray Sin Reflecting....humourous...great movie!! 5 stars
9/03/00 Chris N Very well written, funny, excellent ensemble acting 4 stars
8/19/00 Simon Unconvincing script in the vein of Penny Chapman Catholic TV dramas of the eighties. 2 stars
8/17/00 neil bartlett better than average mother/son flick 4 stars
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  17-Aug-2000 (M)

Directed by
  Mark Lamprell

Written by
  Mark Lamprell

  Rose Byrne
  Sinéad Cusack
  Sam Neill
  Matthew Newton
  Nicholas Bishop
  Lynette Curran

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