#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – When Chinese-Australian teenager Lawrence fails his high-school exams because of cheating, destroying his dreams of a medical degree, he’s banished to the country for the summer. There, he meets a conman the Professor and his cynical daughter Sarah, and learns that even the sneakiest scam can’t conjure up love.
Plot: When Chinese-Australian teenager Lawrence cheats at and fails his high-school exams, destroying his dreams of a medical degree, he’s banished to the country for the summer. There, he meets wily old conman the Professor and his cynical daughter Sarah, and learns that even the sneakiest scam can’t conjure up love. Is it a true story? That might be another of Leung’s tricks.
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Underrated Well-written Con Artist Coming of Age/Comedy
I’m not sure what most people are thinking. Even most critics are bizarrely off in reviewing this comedy. I’m not sure what they were watching but it might not have been this film. First, it’s actually well-written and well-acted. Ben Chessell and Lawrence Leung came up with the screenplay and did a terrific job off of Leung’s in-person stage act. Timothy Spall was a charm as The Professor. John Luc and Lily Sullivan were solid. The film is lively in its angles, replayed scenes and twists. There are plenty of comments that this is a oft-told story about scamming but in reality, this film is very original. I have seen maybe 6,000 films but nothing like this. Zengster’s review (among users) is actually the most accurate (7/10).
So you have an original well-written film about an Asian Australian teenager who joins up with a father/daughter con-artist team. Some critics said there is nothing likable about the characters. Of course, if they were watching the movie, they might have noticed Sarah and The Professor both saying, they don’t have friends. They are cheaters, scammers and more. But in the end, you realize, The Professor is a better person than we give credit for.
So the few reviews said it’s unoriginal since it goes by every scam in the book. Really? I will bet 98% of the audience doesn’t know these scams or names of the scams. But as the film says, we all lie. So the audience pretends to know the story. But that’s the hook. And people don’t get it. It’s a small budget film that is about the coming-of-age of an innocent Asian Australian boy who falls for a girl. The story is that love takes us to doing things we don’t expect. In the end, Lawrence is the man who pulls it off.
The real problem is that I think most people are uncomfortable with an Asian Australian kid running after a white Australian girl. Who ever heard of an Asian kid (John Luc who plays Lawrence) playing the lead role in an Australian film? It’s not a box office draw, but a risky proposal. A second problem is that the humor is lightweight despite being quite clever. The screenplay is quite witty but most people probably don’t understand the humor. Third, it’s small-time stuff. People don’t get excited about small time. People would rather see Ocean’s 11 which is not as original, well-written or witty. Or see Catch Me if You Can which is more glamorous but lacks the writing depth. Sometimes it’s better to have a crude film with lots of action or silliness and not play on cultural, sophisticated humor or wordplay. It’s more sophisticated than people give it credit: such as the ending scene with Leung playing cards (“One queen and two jokers”) or when Leung walks off with Luc.
In summary, this film is just ahead of its time; people are not ready for this film. It’s a pleasant minor hidden gem which I would rate about 6.9-7.1 but I gave it 8 stars just to catch up in the ratings.
Fine but not great
I saw this as part of AACTA screenings. I was neither pleased nor disappointed by this movie.
The movie is based on a comedy stage show. I found issues with this as it was not particularly well structured. This movie shows a good sized budget with the fine cast with Timothy Spall doing his schtick. Spall is good but too much of a caricature to be believable, he pulls out some of his older pieces from Potter, Willows et al, the problem I had was that as a conman you should not see him coming, he needs to be believable instead he is a larger than life parody.
The principle character, Lawrence, is supposed to grow if it is a coming of age. Other than the final act he seemed totally out of his depth until he suddenly became a master card shark.
This movie needed development. There was stuff about con artists not having friends but I needed to see the loneliness of this life. The cons looked a bit high school, I can understand the opening as Lawrence learns but he needed to be en pointe by the end.
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Director Ben Chessell
Writer Lawrence Leung, Ben Chessell
Actors John Luc, Lily Sullivan, Timothy Spall
Awards 1 nomination
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