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A Man's Gotta Do (2004)

  Directed by: Chris Kennedy
Written by: Chris Kennedy
Starring: Rebecca Frith, Gyton Grantley, John Howard, Alyssa McClelland
Links: A Man's Gotta Do on the IMDb
Genre: Comedy
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2005 (nominee)

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating)
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"What's all this about?" - a review by pearly

A Man's Gotta Do is a very odd film. It is the story of a suburban family who, on the surface, seems quite normal, but once their lives are delved into, there's a whole bunch of crazy crap surrounding them.

The father, Eddy (John Howard), has a fishing business by day, but in the evening, he's a standover guy. He takes on an apprentice named Dominic (Gyton Grantley), who he uses to help him understand his 20 year old daughter Chantelle (Alyssa McClelland). Chantelle is keen to be married to her fiancé Rudi, but he has recently gone missing, causing Chantelle a great deal of concern. She writes heartfelt songs about their love, while she stresses about her weight and looks, pushed by her mother Yvonne (Rebecca Frith).

If it sounds like it's a little bit all over the place, that's because it is. Screen writers often tread a fine line between explaining every minute detail to their audience, or leaving some things unsaid and assuming that things will just fall into place. But with the first half an hour or more of A Man's Gotta Do I felt pretty disoriented, and confused about just what the point of this film was, and where it was heading.

In a way, the film is like an entire series of Desperate Housewives crammed into a one and a half hour film. The general themes of the thing lend themselves to this comparison too - it's almost a film version of a soap opera.

From the moment that Howard came on screen and said his first lines, I disliked his portrayal of the character. Howard uses a lower, gruffer voice than his regular one, and this attempt doesn't come off. He sounds ridiculous, and would have been better off playing it more naturally. Similarly, many of the other actors are almost hammy in their portrayals, particularly McClelland, and there is, as a result, no air of authenticity to the film.

I found A Man's Gotta Do to be quite the noodle scratcher. Stylistically, everything from the acting through to the cinematography (which exaggerates the colours) is in that space between reality and pure art. But at the same time, it felt like nothing in it quite fit together - the whole thing was very disjointed. I am sure that this film added to my forehead wrinkles quite substantially.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 22 Sep 2005

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Reader comments

  1. Bad

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from Amanda on Tue 14 Mar 2006 11:22 #

  2. Don't watch this movie it's a waste of time!!!

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from Rachel on Tue 14 Mar 2006 11:23 #

  3. If you see this movie burn it and burn the ashes!!!! The devil created it i swear. This movie could be used for torture!!

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from Kaite on Tue 14 Mar 2006 11:26 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 1.00 (3 ratings)

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