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YOU AND YOUR STUPID MATE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Dim-witted but good-hearted layabouts Philip (Nathan Phillips) and Jeffrey (Angus Sampson) have been friends since school, and now share a small caravan in a suburban caravan park, unemployed for over five years and distraught when they are put on the work for the dole scheme. They are fanatical fans of the tv soap, Sons and Surf, and when it is threatened with the axe, with their favourite babe on the show, Emma (Madeleine West) being killed off, they decide to try and do something about it.

Review by Jake Wilson:
I laughed at parts of You And Your Stupid Mate, but after a while I was depressed by its inert, can't-be-bothered sensibility and refusal to shift an inch from the worldview of commercial television. As in the same team's earlier Take Away, Marc Gracie's direction is pleasingly simple but does little to fire up the tired imaginations of Dave O'Neil and Mark O'Toole, TV writers to their bones. O'Neil's trademark as a stand-up is his ability to get laughs out of feeble material, as if the banality were the joke. The tone here is more straight but the script still feels deliberately lazy - as if in solidarity with the bludger mentality of its heroes, everymen living a humble but recognisable version of the Aussie good life.

Though the caravan-park setting is no more realistic than the cul-de-sac in Neighbours, the homely local references come thick and fast: tinned spaghetti on toast, the Scouts and Guides Gang Show, Eddie Maguire at the Logies, Work for the Dole. Up to a point, this complicit joking about lowest-common-denominator culture is likeable, as an invitation to let go of pretensions and admit we're all dags together. But it's also a kind of trick, masking the gap between the "ordinary" viewers of soap operas or comedies and the professionals who churn them out.

For a while, You And Your Stupid Mate takes this up as a possible theme, with Philip and Jeffrey both presented as amateurs who long in their different ways to enter the magical realm of show business. But in refusing to confront the price of success (or failure) the film lacks the melancholy or cruelty that would give its satire bite. Inevitably, the utopian ending shows yuppies and yobbos mingling on equal terms: in context, this suggests less a faith in the underdog than a neurotic desire to have things both ways. Isn't it time we retired the myth of the Little Film That Could? Even modesty requires a kind of self-belief.

DVD special features comprise audio commentary, deleted scenes outtakes and blooper reel.

Published September 8, 2005

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YOU AND YOUR STUPID MATE: DVD (M)
(Aust)

CAST: Nathan Phillips, Angus Sampson, Rachel Hunter, William McInnes, Madeleine West, Tayler Kane, Akmal Saleh, Simon Gowling, Samir Malik, Natalie Garonzi

PRODUCER: Marc Gracie, David Redman

DIRECTOR: Marc Gracie

SCRIPT: Dave O'Neil, Mark O'Toole

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Justin Brickle

EDITOR: Michael Collins

MUSIC: Craig Bryant, Yuri Worontschak

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Penny Southgate

RUNNING TIME: 84 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Hoyts

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 5, 2005

PRESENTATION: Widescreen 1.85:1/16:9 enhanced)

SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentary by filmmakers; deleted scenes; outtakes/blooper real; trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: September 7, 2005







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