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"The more things change..."
3 stars

What the f&*$en use is mullet? No one wants tastes bad...may as well throw it back or feed it to the chooks...

Eddie Maloney (Mendelsohn), or 'Mullet' to the townspeople of the
sleepy fishing town of Coolawarra, comes home after having disappeared 3 years earlier without so much as a goodbye. Left behind were his slightly disfunctional (but quintessentially Australian) family (Gilbert, Barry et al), Tully (porter) his girlfriend, footy and mullet fishing. What does the prodigal son find upon his return? Go see the movie! But a hint - the more things change, the more they stay the same...

What could have turned into a farce the size and shape of "The Castle", instead comes across as REAL and poignantly funny, as opposed to embarrassingly laughable - this time you are laughing with the characters rather than at them (or squirming as I was with "The Castle"). Mendelsohn, portraying the disillusioned, supposedly 'up himself' Eddie, shows a definite maturity in his performance, even if at times it seems he lacks depth due to the often nonchalant attitude of his character. The Maloney family relationships are well developed (a credit to the fine cast of Gilbert, Barry, McQuade and Brady) and Porter proves yet again she has what it takes with a strong portrayal of a woman torn between two men who mean such different things to her.

David Caesar wrote Mullet ten years ago, but it went on hold when funding came through for Idiot Box in 1995. While the film is certainly not earth shattering in its revelations and doesn't really break new ground, with a low budget of AUD$1 million, Caesar has pulled together a fairly slick looking, strong, quirky, character driven, non-genre film which will appeal to most in its look at the themes of those who leave, those who are left and those who choose to stay.--Paul Bugeja

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User Comments

11/04/05 MeltonMan A bit harsh fellas, but I agree. He has let off some stinkers. 1 stars
5/19/05 ABomb He leaves a full pan every time! 1 stars
4/24/05 Gibbo I agree Gulytrap. He's carrying a full load, that Caesar. 1 stars
1/14/05 Gullytrap David Caesar plucks another public-funded turd from his endlessly-prolapsing arse. 1 stars
7/30/04 barry brady Could have been European but certainly not American.......Asian? 4 stars
1/08/04 DJ Lingers too long on incidentals that reveal nothing,Yawn! 2 stars
6/24/02 Da Oople It's alright but i wouldn't rush to the cinema to see it 3 stars
1/05/02 Tony Forder Compelling, warm and disturbing, simultaneously....a fine work 5 stars
8/07/01 Pierce Lanson Great,genuine,entertainment 4 stars
7/22/01 Robyn Sinclair Beautiful, David Caesar at his best 5 stars
7/18/01 Miles The storyline is very original 4 stars
7/09/01 matthew smith a quirky and delightful Australian film 4 stars
7/03/01 Kris A genuine and moving meditation on rural life 4 stars
6/28/01 Bokonan Better than average moving about relationships and finding your place in life 4 stars
6/26/01 Belinda A movie about nothing. Susie can do no wrong Porter lifts the rating. 3 stars
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