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  • Summary: It is the summer of 1969 and young Willie is filled with an idyllic life in his hometown port of Broome, in the North of Western Australia. He spends his day fishing, hanging out with his friends, and when he can, his girlfriend Rosie. However his mother Theresa has great hopes for him andIt is the summer of 1969 and young Willie is filled with an idyllic life in his hometown port of Broome, in the North of Western Australia. He spends his day fishing, hanging out with his friends, and when he can, his girlfriend Rosie. However his mother Theresa has great hopes for him and she insists he return to the religious mission in Perth for further schooling. After being punished by Father Benedictus, Willie runs away and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. (Freestyle Releasing) Expand
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. An infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    75
    Enjoyable and forgettable in equal measure, the lovably cheesy Australian movie Bran Nue Dae is a must for children bitten by the musical-revival fever, for all who heart American Idol, and for anyone who came of age in the late 1960s - and is willing to hear the beloved pop standards of their youth massacred for a new age.
  3. 75
    It's a little racy for our "High School Musical" set. But Bran Nue Dae (say it out loud) will play anywhere fans like a musical so cute you want to pinch its cheeks.
  4. The bits of Aboriginal lore imparted along the way by Tadpole add flavoring to a sugar-coated romp that has the craft of a high school revue.
  5. 50
    The movie is bouncy and zesty, its energy unflagging, and some of the big numbers are heavily tinged with Bollywood. Conceptually, it should have been a trip.
  6. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    50
    A very slightly plotted, over-the-top film with hammy acting suitable for an old "Benny Hill" episode. If that sounds like fun, go see it, mate.
  7. Reviewed by: Patrick Friel
    30
    As a drama this is rote, as a musical it's uninspired, and as a comedy it's adolescent; ultimately it's a mess, unsure what it wants to be.

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  1. Jun 23, 2015
    4
    A dull viewing that features mediocre acting, subpar humour and an unoriginal narrative. Bran Nue Dae is only for fans of musical cinema andA dull viewing that features mediocre acting, subpar humour and an unoriginal narrative. Bran Nue Dae is only for fans of musical cinema and other similar Australian comedies. Expand

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