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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) Collapse
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  1. An infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical.
  2. 75
    Bran Nue Dae is a strange change from the usual multiplex fare, and that's nearly enough to make it wonderful.
  3. 75
    It may not have songs by ABBA, but Bran Nue Dae is roughly Australia's far less elaborate answer to "Mamma Mia!" -- a cheerful and proudly corny musical that's pretty hard to resist if you're in the right frame of mind.
  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. The movie feels trapped in the 1980s and feels like a missed opportunity.
  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. Nov 4, 2011
    1
    BRAN NUE DAE is a pathetic and horrible Australian music that makes Australian's look horrible! This is definitely one of the worst thingsBRAN NUE DAE is a pathetic and horrible Australian music that makes Australian's look horrible! This is definitely one of the worst things Australia has had to offer. Expand

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