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Worth A Look: 24.11%
Average: 1.42%
Pretty Bad: 4.26%
Total Crap: 2.13%

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by Stephen Groenewegen

2 stars

All of the characters in the Australian comedy Horseplay are nasty, stupid or both.

Its set amongst the high echelons of Melbournes upper-crust rich, a predictably narcissistic and shallow bunch. Circling them is a couple of wannabe snobs - Max (Marcus Graham) and schoolgirl Becky (Abbie Cornish) - who will do anything to get their hands on money. The destinies of Max and Becky intersect on Melbourne Cup day, as Maxs grandiose plan to fix the race and make his fortune comes to fruition.

Most of the performances are keyed at such a shrill pitch as to be deafening. The exceptions are a laidback Jason Donovan as a sex-addict accountant and Amanda Douge as his airhead society wife. Ive previously been impressed by Marcus Grahams stage work, especially his Tom Wingfield in a 2002 Sydney Theatre Company production of The Glass Menagerie. He often seems ill at ease on screen, and is unable to provide the devilish charm the part of Max desperately needs.

Writers Stavros Kazantzidis (also director) and Allanah Zitserman (also producer) have constructed an impressively complicated revolving plot of murders and kidnappings, pregnancy and adultery, crime and dishonour and farcical mistaken identity. Theyve carefully omitted any inkling of romance, generosity or good humour. Unable to identify or empathise with anyone, I cared not a jot for what transpired.

Perhaps Kazantzidis was looking for a change of pace after his frothy but highly enjoyable romantic comedy, Russian Doll. If so, Im not exactly sure what he was aiming for. Horseplay is too dim-witted for satire and not funny enough for black comedy.

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9/17/20 Uk 🇬🇧 Bernice Dean Measor has been my favourite actor since seeing him perform in Sheffield in 1989. 5 stars
8/22/20 Janice D Dean Measor is an underrated and underused actor, musician and artist. He was good as Joe. 4 stars
7/16/20 Michele Massive fan if Stavros K and Allanah Z. 5 stars
4/16/20 Rob I personally really liked this film. 5 stars
4/08/20 Joyce Definitely worth a look. Beautifully shot and produced. Funny too. 4 stars
4/02/20 Miss Positivity This is an old movie now, but it’s still a good one. Very well shot and slick production. 4 stars
1/26/20 Sophie Underrated. Entertaining. Funny. Fast paced. 4 stars
10/10/19 Pauline Come back to the UK Dean and host Escape To The Country 4 stars
9/03/19 P. Harris He is a combination of Leonard Whiting, Jack Wild, Richard O’Sullivan & Robin Stewart. 5 stars
8/29/19 Pauline Harris Dean Measor... move back home to England & host Escape To The Country. 5 stars
8/11/19 Pauline Harris Great little movie with great orchestral score. Koman, Measor & Menzies were the best. 4 stars
3/02/19 Jen and Pete Totally underrated, completely underused and virtually unknown by absolutely everyone. 4 stars
2/01/19 PlasticJesus A great australian movie, well ahead of its time. 5 stars
1/23/19 P. Harris Can you please consider moving back home to England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 and host E 4 stars
10/09/18 plasticjesus Film suffered unwarranted and unfair criticism. (see above revIew) A great flick actually. 5 stars
3/28/18 L.Ball I love the actor Dean Measor. (played Joe Byrnes) 5 stars
2/09/18 Pailine H. Absolute awesome film! Measor, Beamer, Sandy & Koman shone in it. 5 stars
12/29/17 Ricky Sergeant I watched Horseplay on Boxing day and thoroughly enjoyed it. 5 stars
12/26/17 Ray I do NOT agree with the above review. Good movie and sexy chicks! 5 stars
11/17/17 T.Westwood Koman, Donovan, Hunter, Measor, Burgen, Cornish and Douge are extremely good in this movie. 5 stars
11/01/17 SteelLady Dean Measor (born 3 October 1965) is an English and Australian actor, musician and artist. 5 stars
10/20/17 Sold for a song Absolute terrible review. Graham is ALWAYS at ease on screen. Measor good also in 2nd film 4 stars
9/27/17 Louise Parrey This is a fantastic movie & Stephen review is pathetically harsh and OTT. 5 stars
9/01/17 Kay I just don't understand why this film wasn't a massive hit in Australia? Marketing? 5 stars
8/25/17 SteelLady Dean Measor (born Dean Gary Measor, October 03, 1965) is an English stage, film & tv actor. 5 stars
8/19/17 Victoria I agree 100%. He always has been, especially in Australia. 5 stars
8/15/17 UKBernice Dean Measor is easily the most UNDERRATED actor in Australia. What a ••••••• 5 stars
8/12/17 A.Alexander I did not even know about this movie until seeing it on YouTube. 4 stars
8/09/17 Dale Evans The actual production on this movie is first class. Beautifully shot. Great musical score. 4 stars
8/04/17 TTD Came across this movie on youtube and it still holds up excellent. High class production. 5 stars
7/25/17 Cankles Not bad! Poor marketing and advertising! Woeful press and media bordering on unfair. 4 stars
7/20/17 T. Westwood Too much negative press treatment! 5 stars
7/16/17 SteelLADY Dean Measor (born Dean Gary Measor October 03 1965) is an English born Australian actor. 5 stars
7/16/17 Russell This is a really great Aussie film! Why so much negativity from critics & reviewers? 5 stars
7/15/17 Smackers Yep, definately work a look. Underrated movie from Kazantzidis. (Australian film) 4/5 4 stars
6/30/17 C.Lander There's "bugger all" movies made about horse racing both in oz and around the world! 5 stars
6/29/17 Steel lady Dean Measor (born Dean Gary Measor, October 03, 1965) is an English born Australian actor. 5 stars
6/20/17 Michael There is not enough films made about horse racing. Good effort. Safe bet! 4 stars
6/15/17 Steve Barker Cornish, Koman, Menzies, Donovan, Hunter, Measor, Beamer, T Donovan, Cato are awsome. 5/5 5 stars
6/14/17 Annabelle S. Horseplay is 10 times better than The Cup movie. Unfair above review. Luv Jason 5 stars
6/13/17 Permina Jacek Koman is easily one of Australia's greatest actors. Genius! 5 stars
6/10/17 Eric Better than Russian Doll. Beats Strange Planet. Not as good as True Love & Chaos 4 stars
6/05/17 G.Annear (Dean Measor-Joe Byrnes) Very natural actor. Good sense of comic timing. 5 stars
6/02/17 Vannessa Grimmins I came across it on youtube by chance. It's a good film and I enjoyed it. Recommend. 4 stars
6/01/17 John Devries Pathetic talentless wannabees who can only "review" nasty negative "words" are useless . 4 stars
5/31/17 Dane A. For what it is worth; Dean Measor remains a very underrated & under used actor. 4 stars
5/13/17 Bernice Dean Measor (born Dean October 3, 1965) is an English actor, musician and singer. 5 stars
5/06/17 Troy Quality show. 5 stars
4/22/17 All the characters in the Australian comedy are funny and well acted, A. Bracken 5 stars
4/12/17 Dane A. Dean Measor remains a very underrated & under used film & TV actor in my opinion. 5 stars
3/30/17 Adrian Despite the negative reviews & press....I still loved it. 5 stars
3/03/17 H.Mahoney Marcus Graham is EXCEPTIONAL as Max. Way too harsh Stephen Groenewegen! Poor call. 5 stars
2/17/17 Eliza Honeybone Long lost and forgotten Australian gem. Why? 5 stars
2/12/17 R.Kemble One of the best movies starring the late Bill Hunter. 4 stars
2/10/17 Lewis Little known mpvie classic. Still no one knows it even exists! 5/5 every time! 5 stars
2/09/17 Miklos I am also a fan of the underrated British/Australian actor Dean Measor (Joe) under used. 4 stars
1/09/17 Dane BADLY WRITTEN REVIEW. A VERY, VERY, COOL MOVIE. 4/5 @ least. 4 stars
1/03/17 Pauline C. Just watched this movie on youtube and it was absolutely AWESOME! Above review is wrong. 5 stars
12/31/16 Christine The continuous negative comments on ALL social media platforms are pathetic. Great flic. 5 stars
12/24/16 Rene Horn Dean Measor is a totally underrated and under used actor. 5 stars
12/20/16 Pauline C. Dean Measor is a massively underrated actor and voice artist. (Joe Byrnes) 5 stars
12/02/16 S. Aladice Very fast paced & very funny movie. Good cast, very well shot. Winner! 5 stars
11/29/16 Effat I really love this movie. 5 stars
11/24/16 Rene I know that Alison but it still pains me. He deserves it as much as any of them. 5 stars
11/23/16 Penny Good film! 4 stars
11/19/16 Alison Don't worry about it Rene. He wouldn't care less, he's not like that. He's a great guy. 5 stars
11/18/16 Rene Horn Why is Dean Measor the only actor from this movie who is NOT listed on wikipedia? WTF? 5 stars
11/15/16 Jasmine Faulkner Hands down the best & most underrated horse racing & OZ movie made so far. 5 stars
11/11/16 Lynda Rudd The character of JOE played by DEAN MEASOR is not nasty or stupid Mr. Groenewegen. 5 stars
11/09/16 Ria Pankhurst confirmed. it's finally on YOUTUBE. best & most underrated movie ever. 5 stars
11/07/16 L. GIGGS Horseplay is finally on youtube. (full movie) Dean Measor is cute in it. Donovan is good. 5 stars
10/03/16 Jenny Babbage Craig Beamer, Dean Measor & Liz Sandy are breaths of fresh air. Vendy & Collard are average 4 stars
9/29/16 Miranda Snuggs I do not agree with all the negative press, media and reviews this film has had to endure 5 stars
9/24/16 Angelina Couglin Don't agree with review. I'm a fan of actor Dean Measor and also Stavros Kazantzidis. 5 stars
9/09/16 Michelle C. Impressive construction of plot. Dean Measor is not in it enough. 9/10. 4 stars
8/29/16 Mark Evans Watched this movie on Sunday night on DVD. Letterbox format and great movie. Very cool. 5 stars
8/10/16 Alison Hi Bernice-Yes, unfortunately I know he is in very poor health. Very unfair indeed. 4 stars
8/02/16 Debbie Stanton. Enjoyable movie. Good cast. Underrated film, 3 stars
7/02/16 snowblindspy Dean Measor has an interesting look in this movie in wnich I liked quite a lot. He's good 4 stars
6/06/16 Bernice Hi Alison & J.Graham. He is now in very poor health and unable to work. Take care. 5 stars
6/01/16 J.Graham Joe Byrnes played by English actor Dean Measor. Good movie. Underrated movie. 5 stars
5/20/16 Alison I filmed on location at Exbury with Dean. He is a smashing bloke and a good actor. 4 stars
5/09/16 Bernice Dean Measor has been my favourite since 1989. 5 stars
5/07/16 Tony Mitchell Cute and sexy babes! 5 stars
5/05/16 Steve I liked it. Cool characters and dark humour. Abbie Cornish is a stand out. 4 stars
5/05/16 Susan Gordon Marhus Graham, Abbie Cornish, Amanda Douge, Dean Measor, Jazek Koman & Liz Sandy SHINE! 5 stars
5/01/16 Matt Wiltshire This movie is WAY better than The Dish, The Castle and Cracker Jack. 5 stars
4/30/16 Salanitiri I have no idea why this movie is not rolled out each Melb Cup eve? Good little movie. 4 stars
4/29/16 Tess Westwood There are some pretty awesome characters in this Australian movie. 4 stars
4/27/16 Damien Gilchrist Stumbled upon Horseplay by pure accident. Thorougly enjoyed it. Nasty above review by SW. 4 stars
4/27/16 Linda Ball Stephen Groenewegen is nasty, stupid or both. Really good black comedy. 4 stars
4/19/16 Stacie Williams. The person who wrote this review is an idiot. Jacek Koman & Dean Measor were very good. 5 stars
2/21/16 Angela Stephen Groenewegen, that is the WORST review EVER! Fantastic little gem of a movie! WINNER 5 stars
1/14/16 Kylie Hanlin This is a very good film & Dean Measor is super CUTE! Best Australian film so far made. 5 stars
1/01/16 Bernice Dean Measor has been my favourite since 1989. Great movie! 5 stars
11/22/15 Dane Antoni Angel Horseplay is a good movie and Dean is the best actor, miss ya buddy! 5 stars
11/21/15 Lorraine Tipler Great little Australian movie. 5 stars
9/04/15 Gypsey Girl Kushsti Bok from the GG. Dean Measor is very sexy. Great little actor. 10/10 5 stars
8/29/15 Angela Dean Measor is a little cad and a swine but I still love the little poppet! He's a scream! 5 stars
8/20/15 josie this was a very funny and entertaining motion picture. Dean was cute in this motion pictu 5 stars
6/04/15 Victoria Finally a site where people know this film and like me, they love it as well. about time. 5 stars
6/01/15 Rachell & James This is a very underrated movie. Very funny. Cornish, Korman, Measor & Menzies R outstandin 5 stars
5/25/15 Bobby Dob I watched this movie once again on the week end & the stand out actors are KOMAN & MEASOR. 5 stars
5/22/15 amanda Dean is the best actor in Australia and the most underrated. 5 stars
1/19/15 bloodbrotherjohn downloaded this movie 2 weeks ago. It's awesome! 5 stars
11/17/14 Trisha Best movies Dean Measor has made are Body Melt, Commedia del'Arte & I Can't Get Started. 5 stars
10/24/14 Kirsty Saunders Dean Measor is HHHHOOOOTTTT! 5 stars
10/13/14 Charmaine "chuckles" Lawson Dean Measor is VERY CUTE and I also liked Jason Donovan too. 5***** 5 stars
9/24/14 lemonade-lady13 I watched this movie last week and it was hilarious! 5 stars
8/24/14 Bernice Dean Measor is my all time favourite actor. 5 stars
7/02/14 putty awesome! 5 stars
6/03/14 paula dean measor is gorgeous as Joe Byrnes. 4 stars
5/11/14 jamie Highly entertaining Australian movie. Brilliant cast. 5 stars
3/03/14 janice my favourite australian movie ever. 5 stars
3/17/12 Emmathesurvivor I love this 100% underrated movie. Dean Measor is my favourite actor. 5 stars
2/09/10 David AWESOME MOVIE DUDES! 5 stars
8/11/09 Beth the PC What a great Australian movie, my fav since muriels wedding. 5 stars
2/02/09 dt pretty cool 4 stars
1/30/09 dan m what a great movie, saw it in hospital, it made me laugh! 5 stars
12/10/08 M.Phelps Pretty funny movie. 5 stars
12/08/08 KIM Fantastic movie! 5 stars
12/03/08 Mandy Davis why is this movie not yet played on free to air TV stations? 5 stars
10/30/08 Twang. very funny 5 stars
10/28/08 Colin Parnall Funniest Australian Film I've seen! 5 stars
8/31/08 Felicity Brilliant 5 stars
4/24/05 Gibbo Pwor what's that smell? Another Stavros film. 1 stars
1/14/05 Legs 11 Biggest mystery of Oz film industry: How does Stavros keep getting money? 1 stars
6/12/04 Loren Great! 5 stars
1/20/04 Eva Brilliant! The actor who plays Jockey Joe Byrnes is a great little Actor 5 stars
5/28/03 Colin Hodges A testimonial to has beens 1 stars
5/22/03 Andrew Good movie. Rochelel Goodman (as an extra) looks great. Next big star! 3 stars
3/17/03 Steve Absolutely awesome,great script!Good perve for guys too, provided by a trio of HOT blondes! 5 stars
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