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Worth A Look: 19.44%
Average: 2.78%
Pretty Bad: 25%
Total Crap: 2.78%

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by Stephen Groenewegen

"Bowled out"
2 stars

Like its central character, Crackerjack is a lazy, slobby film. It’s an undemanding vehicle for TV and radio comedy star Mick Molloy, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother and produced.

It’s the story of a selfish man who learns character by becoming a team lawn bowls player, but the film’s satire of the elderly bowlers is ruthless. Only Frank Wilson’s club president and Bill Hunter’s maverick bowler escape with any dignity. Occasionally, Molloy seems to be attacking their conservatism - at other times, adopting it.

The jokes are laboured and repetitive, with the typical “old codger” gags arriving as if on schedule. It’s the first film for veteran TV director Paul Moloney, who seems to think he’s still making The Sullivans back in 1976.

Occasionally the jokes hit their mark and earn chuckles, and there’s a rousing finale, but this pre-digested entertainment treats its audience like sheep. And, just like sheep, they’ve unthinkingly flocked to it, unaccountably making Crackerjack the highest grossing Australian film of 2002.

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User Comments

7/15/12 Film Buff Don't bother... 1 stars
1/31/07 William Boyle Some good actors in it, but ordinary otherwise. 2 stars
11/21/06 Queeeeeeeeenie awesome. 5 stars
6/27/06 chienne anything with Mick Molloy is fab, he's my fantasy man 5 stars
9/27/05 drew hilarious 5 stars
2/23/05 Elvez Crackerjack is Moloney's second film, Cuntwegen. 5 stars
1/16/05 Abel Tasman Nice work Molloys. 5 stars
1/14/05 Craig K Superb comedy 5 stars
11/24/04 Nathan cooper Very funny 4 stars
8/09/04 The Force Good aussie film.. Great laugh 5 stars
3/27/04 k8e pretty dam funny 4 stars
9/19/03 Laura Crackerjack is a good AUSTRALIAN film which Americans would not appreciate 5 stars
9/16/03 Trevor Gensch A lot of good honest fun 5 stars
9/06/03 Mark Just a fun story to an old formula, and like sheep, all the 'critics' hate it 4 stars
8/03/03 Joey overrated. comparisons to the castle are unfounded 2 stars
5/21/03 Nick Funny 5 stars
12/22/02 Azoth Classic Mick Molloy humor. 5 stars
12/15/02 viking the funniest Australian comedy since "The Castle" 5 stars
12/06/02 elle quintessentially an aussie dry humour movie 4 stars
11/29/02 Mark Farquhar Very low-brow, but nevertheless and enjoyable movie, if only for its "fat bastard" humour 4 stars
11/24/02 Jake Smith Was anything humerous not shown in the trailer? 2 stars
11/24/02 kfk the only good parts were shown in the ads 3 stars
11/21/02 Jen I loved it 5 stars
11/18/02 les a realy great movie 5 stars
11/17/02 Kim Blatantly Australian and very funny. 5 stars
11/15/02 Ranneko Very funny movie 5 stars
11/12/02 Kim brilliant - gotta love Mick!!! 5 stars
11/10/02 Matthew Smith delightful from start to finish 4 stars
11/08/02 Benny Hope Fantastic, feelgood movie. 4 stars
11/07/02 Alexandra A fabulous movie and one to laugh with. 5 stars
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  07-Nov-2002 (M)

Directed by
  Paul Moloney

Written by
  Mick Molloy
  Richard Molloy

  Mick Molloy
  Bill Hunter
  Frank Wilson
  Monica Maughan
  John Clarke
  Judith Lucy

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