The Sum Of Us (1994)

GEOFF BURTON, KEVIN DOWLING

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

Australia, 1994.  Australian Film Finance Corporation, Great Sum Film Limited Partnership, Southern Star Entertainment, The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by Geoff Burton.  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Russell Crowe plays a sweet-natured gay man whose relationship with his father () couldn’t possibly be more satisfying: his father is proud of his son’s sexual orientation, nurturing and caring for him in an atmosphere of love that Crowe can only blossom in. Thanks to their not having an turid melodrama between them, the story suffers, and it doesn’t help that the film’s origins as a stage play are obvious from the limited direction. Still, the performances are wonderful and many of the situations hilarious and delightful (Thompson welcoming Crowe’s latest pickup into the living room for a drink is a scream).

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