Children of the Revolution

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  • Summary: After a mad, passionate fling on a whirlwind trip to Moscow, party girl Joan Fraser (Davis) returns home pregnant. And when little Joe is born, everyone wonders who "Daddy" is. Soon, the ball starts rolling on a hilarious sequence of events that includes a clueless husband (Rush), a lovesickAfter a mad, passionate fling on a whirlwind trip to Moscow, party girl Joan Fraser (Davis) returns home pregnant. And when little Joe is born, everyone wonders who "Daddy" is. Soon, the ball starts rolling on a hilarious sequence of events that includes a clueless husband (Rush), a lovesick double agent (Neill), and even Joseph Stalin (Abraham). (BV Entertainment) Expand
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  1. The scenes with Stalin and his frightened underlings, his giddy yes-men tip-toeing around him, are written and directed by Duncan with a grace, agility and comic deftness one rarely is treated to at the movies these days.
  2. Children bumps into a few dead spots along its irreverent way... But casual sophistication and wiggy Australian self-awareness give this product of unreconstructed bourgeois decadence its idiosyncratic charm.
  3. A gloss on the disillusion that came with the embracing of communist ideals that is part playful farce, part dark satire, this unclassifiable film, both comic and strange, always holds your attention even when it doesn't seem to know where it's going.
  4. That Duncan can't come up with a satisfying ending and lets the story drift into a confusing polemic is hardly surprising. He's guilty of overreaching -- interrupting his very sly satire with quasi-serious thoughts on the end of Soviet communism.
  5. 75
    Not only is it based on a fairly original premise, but the humor exhibits a distinct edge.
  6. Reviewed by: Jane Horwitz
    70
    Using a cockeyed, surreal style harking back to Monty Python-ism, writer- director Peter Duncan illuminates the tragedy of all true believers whose faith depends upon keeping ears and eyes firmly shut.
  7. 50
    It is enormously ambitious -- maybe too much so, since it ranges so widely between styles and strategies that it distracts from its own flow.

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