Three Summers (2017) Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Three Summers (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Australia in a tent.

  • Starring:

    Nichola Balestri, Nicholas Boshier, Kate Box, Caroline Brazier, Rebecca Breeds, Michael Caton, Adriane Daff, Mahesh Jadu, Amay Jain, Damon Lockwood, Sam Longley, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Peter Rowsthorn

  • Directed by:

    Ben Elton

  • Running time:

    102 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man punches another man. A woman pushes her daughter away. A security guard bends a man's arm behind his back. Small equipment explosion (smoke/loud bang). A youth wears an ankle monitor. Men argue about racial differences. A mobile phone is stolen. A man is belittled in front of a large crowd. Mobile bomb factory, white supremacists, Hitler, beat your wife, ethnic cleansing, oppressed freedom, imprisoned without trial mentioned. References to white invasion, the stolen generation, occupied country, asylum seekers, refugees, detention centres.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple in bed after one-night stand. Married couples in bed together (post-sex implied). Kissing, flirting, crotch-adjusting. A man tries to force a woman to kiss him. Nude man (genitals mostly obscured), shirtless men, skimpy clothing, cleavage. Song lyrics mention sexual politics, rape, castration, tampons. Tinder, Grindr, hooking up, nude calendar, root mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, hip flask). AA meetings, alcoholism discussed, pub setting. Recovering alcoholics, smoke some crack, stoners, binge drinking mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    A handful of f-words, s-words, a-words, bloody, crap, p*ss, d*ck, balls. Name-calling (b*tch, d*ckhead, whitefellas, blackfellas, pretentious twat, white boy, crazy idiots, bloody fool, bloody idiot, thief, racist, bum-fluff hipster, prick-teasing b*tch, sick lonely old man, etc). Religious exclamations (Jesus, heaven, oh God, hell, etc). Comic references to f-word (folking, folked up, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Folk music, festivals, father-daughter relationships, regional radio, camping holidays, indigenous issues, refugees, multiculturalism, security, audition, music, instruments, talent, success, selfies, the theremin, culture, dog washing, alcoholic fathers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead wife/grandmother mentioned. Dead wife/mother (car crash), estranged wife/mother mentioned. Church setting. Dog. Thunder. Instruments made with bone, gut and animal skin mentioned. Kangaroo skin coat worn. Fart mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Breezy, inoffensive. Diverse characters, great cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Safe, bloated, messy, over-plotted, ham-fisted, outdated, disposable, unfunny, weightless, disappointing. Clumsy/sanctimonious/clunky dialogue, predictable/bland central romance, transparent politics.

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