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WillFull (2001)

  Directed by: Rebel Russell
Starring: C. Thomas Howell, Anne Looby, Anna Lise Phillips, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Felix Williamson
Links: WillFull on the IMDb
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2002 (nominee)

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

WillFull (2001) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Donnie Darko (2001).

"Interesting concept, blandly done" - a review by pearly

Catherine (Anna Lise Phillips) returns to her mother's home in Australia following the death of her mother Katya (Anne Looby). Her life gets a little odd when her mother begins haunting her. She is looked after by her step-father Martin (Charles 'Bud' Tingwell), as her boyfriend Nat (C. Thomas Howell) prepares for his seminar on success.

Essentially, this movie fits into the ditsy-seeming-old-woman-who-has-since-died-giving-up-nuggets-of-wisdom-to-daughter-from-beyond-the-grave genre. The idea is that Catherine learns more about her mother (and herself) after she's gone than she knew when her mother was alive.

The situation makes for many "Sorry? Are you talking to me?" jokes when Catherine speaks to the mother that only she can see. Unfortunately, the makers of the film didn't realise that this is only funny the first one or two times, and then it becomes kinda irritating.

Probably the best thing about this film is Bud Tingwell. He lights up the screen with whatever he's doing. Aside from that though, it's all a bit mediocre, and, in the case of Felix Williamson, slipping into downright crappiness - his accent in this is worse than the one he tried to pull off in Dirty Deeds (2002).

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 11 Sep 2002

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