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  • Summary: Introducing the Dwights is a comedy about a mother who tries to come between her son and his coming of age. Tim's mom, Jean, is a bawdy and risqué comedienne still hoping to make it big. His brother Mark helps their mother rehearse for shows. Together, they inhabit a non-traditionalIntroducing the Dwights is a comedy about a mother who tries to come between her son and his coming of age. Tim's mom, Jean, is a bawdy and risqué comedienne still hoping to make it big. His brother Mark helps their mother rehearse for shows. Together, they inhabit a non-traditional household where chaos is the norm, the music is always on, and Jean's larger-than-life personality takes center stage. When Tim meets and falls for Jill, his home becomes a combat zone as his mother fears this new girl, whose name she refuses to remember, will "break up" the unique family unit she's tried so hard to keep together. In this quirky and oftentimes touching tale, Tim must learn to manage the emotions of the women of his life without losing himself in the process. (Warner Independent Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Among the many strengths of the sweetly touching Introducing the Dwights, a small gem from Australia unearthed at the Sundance Film Festival, is that Jean never becomes Godzilla.
  2. 75
    It does what all good coming of age movies do, and that makes it a worthy and welcome entry into the genre.
  3. The movie belongs to Blethyn, who takes a difficult, easily misunderstood role and gracefully cracks it open to reveal what's inside.
  4. Amusing only for its performances, including those of Chittenden and Wilson. The cast cannot hide the movie's derivative shortcomings, which only remind us that we've seen better and funnier elsewhere.
  5. If you find a movie with a more annoying central performance than the one given by Brenda Blethyn in Cherie Nowlan's Introducing the Dwights, keep it to yourself.
  6. Sometimes Brenda Blethyn is content merely to nibble the scenery. In Introducing the Dwights, a drippy Australian family comedy caper, she chomps it to a pulp until we long for her straightforward monstrosity as a mother in "Little Voice."
  7. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    30
    With its broad, toothless humor and ham-fisted fits of melodrama, this sitcom-grade embarrassment aims to dethrone "Muriel's Wedding" as the quirky Aussie feel-gooder of all time, except it hurts too much to watch.

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JohnC.
    Jul 15, 2007
    9
    A beautiful indie about seriously flawed people - who make choices and change - just like real folks. Tight script. Terrific acting all A beautiful indie about seriously flawed people - who make choices and change - just like real folks. Tight script. Terrific acting all around. Interesting characters you care about. The oh-so-clever clever Mr. A.O. Scott says this is a dysfunctional family. No. It is a functional family of people with handicaps who manage to pull together and pull through. They could implode and fail - or implode and survive. Write your own script. And what happened to Joe Morgenstern while I wasn't paying attention? Has he been replaced by someone who's idea of a review is to give away the story and then make nasty comments? Are all her reviews this insipid? Normally I avoid reviews in the yellow - there are so many good films I don't have time to see. But this time I would have missed a good film that lovers of small films should see. I'm making the WSJ's Joanne Kaufman a "negative indicator". Let the reader beware. Expand
  2. JimG
    Jul 16, 2007
    5
    Disappointing. Brenda Blethyn has been typecast in another emotionally overwrought role that she already played in Secrets and Lies, a much Disappointing. Brenda Blethyn has been typecast in another emotionally overwrought role that she already played in Secrets and Lies, a much more effective use of her talent. Expand

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