I enjoyed this semi-autobiographical coming of age tale set in 1966 amongst the Jewish community. It isn’t just a parochial nostalgia trip, it has themes everybody should be able to identity with, mainly the father and son relationship which at the end may have lots of men replying to their partner's question, "no, I've just got something in my eye".
We feel empathy for the boy about to have his bar mitzvah. He feels that, at last, his family will have to acknowledge and appreciate him but events conspire against this, including the date of his celebration being the same as the World Cup Final.
This film is warm-hearted and witty but at a couple of points was perhaps too sad for a comedy due to the father character's problems.
Where it fell down for me was with the doctor’s sub-plot. I just didn’t see how it related to the theme. The time would have been better spent on a sub-plot about the boy and his family.
Box Office #8
Scenes of a Sexual Nature
Aschlin Ditta’s film is very enjoyable but I have some reservations.
Although the characters and relationships are interesting, it’s the nature of a multi-sketch ensemble piece that makes it a little unsatisfying. For a while the sheer hilarity and writing quality is enough to sustain it but it does flag a bit without an overall story arc to give it impetus.
While it is recommended to watch for fun, it is highly recommended to watch as a lesson in how to write dialogue. Ditta’s dialogue delivers the gags and character development but it also sounds natural and fresh.
Box Office #22
I was looking forward to this so much for several months, it was inevitable that I would be disappointed by the time I finally got to see it - but I wasn’t. It really is relentlessly funny. This more than makes up for the awful Ali G Indahouse.
This road movie featuring the Kazakh journo has been called just a series of sketches but real effort has been made to have an overall connecting story which, while not brilliant, isn't too bad. At the end of one piss-take interview, for instance, he asks the unwitting interviewee something which progresses the story .
I’ve now mellowed regarding the mock-documentary – I’ve got no choice. While it would be nice if they were done absolutely exactly like a documentary with no glaring logic-flaws, that’s so rare that the way it is done here has become the norm.
Box Office #1