Looks Atrocious


Here we are just a couple of weeks away from the release of Working Dog's first feature in 12 years and there has been NO publicity or hype whatsoever for this film.

This seemes strange until I saw the trailer.....looks dreadful. We waited 12 years for a bog standard rom-com where a ne'er do well man about town gets his comeuppance from a sassy woman? If anything you'd have to almost say the distributor is slipping this one into theatres as quietly as possible to reduce the expectations



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No need to reduce your expectations MarkVoyager. We saw the movie last week and loved it. Another must-see from Working Dog:- great screenplay; plenty of laughs throughout; solid performances; and an excellent soundtrack too. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Seriously, I felt proud to see an Australian film that will for once appeal locally/abroad and makes Australia and Melbourne look spectacular. NZ looks great too. I am no reviewer, but I can honestly say that this film will be enjoyed by a broad audience. Cheers

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I am happy to hear that but maybe you have bad taste in films? How am I to be sure?

It does look odd when this is seemingly your first ever post on IMDb, I have no track record of your taste in film to monitor



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People bitch about Australian film not being mainstream and focusing on drug users, indigenous issues and other big issues.

So we start making crappy, fluffy nonsense movies and people still whinge.

Thats Australia for you.

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I realise it's a little unfair to go off the trailer but it looks pretty bad to me as well. The dialogue seems pretty trite - see the first 10 seconds of the trailer - and I seriously doubt young women sit around waiting for Mr Right in this day and age. Every rom-com seems full of female characters that are completely witless. Except of course for the lead female character, who is inevitably a doctor/scientist/human rights lawyer engaged in worthy pursuits.

But the main problem going off the trailer is the lead character of Ben, he comes across as a charisma-free zone. As to how/why so many beautiful women seem to find some average-looking marketing hack irresistible is not readily apparent. Ben looks like he'd be struggling to attract the attention of the cute girl at his local cafe, let alone hot shot lawyers and Russian tennis stars.



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It was. God awful, slow, boring. Can Australia stop making balls films? I'm ashamed of what we produce.

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It was boring, I all but prayed for it to end.
There were only about 7 people in the theatre and none of them laughed except for the two people I was with.
Pretty annoyed that I had to pay $14 dollars to see it...I wanted to see Hugo.

[I look up to Yoda. Damn, I hope to be as tall as him one day.]

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Hugo sucks as well, but it's not as bad as this.



It's a moo point.



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Looks like the Australian public agree with me........ just $650k US in it's first weekend, placing it slightly above the 3rd weekend of A Few Best Men and behind the 5th weekend of the Descendents. It'll be lucky to see $2m total

Off course, the amount of money a film makes is no indication of merit. These poor initial returns probably have more to do with the non-existent marketing. If the film displays no staying power we can assume that it has been disliked by whoever has seen it.

But on initial box office at least, this film looks in real trouble


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Well.........this film has lurched towards the point of a box office catastrophe.

It took a 50% fall in its 2nd weekend and is out of the top 10. It has tallied $1.3m US and as I posted above, it needs some sort of miracle to reach $2m US in Australia.

As a comparison, the cinematic abortion A Few Best Men has made $5.4m. Blame poor marketing I guess, but AQFB has completely miscued with Australian audiences.



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The movie is AWFUL, and it truly pains me to say this because I had such high hopes for it! I am sick and tired of people getting all high and mighty when a movie like this flops, saying things like "why isn't the public supporting Australian movies?" when the answer is the public IS supporting Australian movies - movies like RED DOG absolutely thrived and the box office - but only GOOD AUSTRALIAN movies, which this movie is definitely not!

Definition of troll on IMDb - anyone who expresses a view different to mine.

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Oof! You had me until 'Red Dog'.

'Red Dog' was horrible!

'Any Questions for Ben' is bad, but it ain't 'Red Dog' bad!

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Well I finally saw AQFB.........it's not bad, just relentlessly mediocre. Which coming from the talent behind the camera, makes it bad.

Various problems

1. I thought the lead actor was not bad, just not charismatic or likable in the slightest
2. The lead actress, whose name I can't remember but she is the chick Matt Newton smacked around, is an abysmal actress. Sheesh, what a dud performance
3. A good portion of the supporting characters were unforgivably stupid and their characters weren't funny in the slightest. Like the best mate/flat mate who keeps butting in during the dramatic moments, the father of Ben, the blonde guy who was an archer. Why are they friends with this guy? Why is he in the film? Who is really that dumb and clueless
4. No reason to care about the central romance - what does the lawyer bird see in Ben? Why does she want to be with him? It seemed like love at first sight at the school night, which is really lazy.
5. NO reason to care about Ben - just a bit of a wanker who we are supposed to care about because he starts standing on his balcony staring blankly and at the ceiling?

As I live in Melbourne it was good to see the Melbourne locations.


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Interesting ... I think they'd have to pay me money before I watched it but at least you gave it a go.

I took most of what you said from the trailer, it just didn't look interesting and the male lead seemed to be both bland and a wanker at the same time, a difficult combo to pull off (no pun intended!).


Getting the formula right for the supporting characters in a romcom is not that easy to do. Richard Curtis seems able to do it with Four Weddings, Notting Hill etc but many of the Aussie sidekicks I see on film are cringeworthy.

Given AQFB took less than $2M at the box office I think the negative views of some on this board were accurate. Funnily enough, it seems that Melbourne people generally loved it, probably because of the way their city was shown on screen.

Back to the drawing board, Working Dog!


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It didn't get good Aus reviews, plus the marketing for it by Village Roadshow was pretty abysmal.

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If AQ4B? was a foodstuff, it would be Home Brand prawn crackers.

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I'd say it didn't get much marketing because the people who saw knew it was going to fail. Studios and so forth won't spend dollars marketing something, if they think it won't make money.

I'm not a Rob Sitch hater. I loved his movies he directed in The Castle and the The Dish. But this film is failure, and it's his first real failure at that. Because of Rob Sitch successful record, he might be given another chance. But it can't be denied this film is a blotch on his resume.

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