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Danny Deckchair (2004)

Rhys Ifans , Miranda Otto , Jeff Balsmeyer  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rhys Ifans, Miranda Otto, Justine Clarke, Rhys Muldoon, John Batchelor
  • Directors: Jeff Balsmeyer
  • Writers: Jeff Balsmeyer, Lizzie Bryant, Tim Gooding
  • Producers: Amber Naismith, Andrew Mason, Carol Hughes, Howard Baldwin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNC5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Danny Deckchair" on IMDb

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An average guy uses gags and pranks to liven up his blue-collar life and accidentally ends up taking off in a deck chair strapped to giant helium-filled balloons while his friends watch helplessly from below. He starts a new life in the far-off town wher

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Movie With An Enormous Heart January 21, 2005
Danny Deckchair is as charming a movie as I've seen in years - a total surprise of a film with a heart as big as the great continent it comes from.

Rhys Ifans is nothing short of amazing as Danny - bringing a believability factor to a role that easily could have come off as slap-shtick. Ifans brings an inherent vulnerability that makes Danny, a bit of a loser, immediately likeable. He isn't fully prepared - nor is the viewer - for the remarkable journey he finds himself taking and Ifans expressive face registers everything; fear, anger, disbelief, acceptance, but most of all wonder. The transformation Danny undergoes upon his unexpected arrival in Clarence is remarkable as his life changes in almost unimaginable ways. Where in Sydney he'd been stuck in a dead end job (where he still made his own fun) living with a woman increasingly growing weary of him, no real prospects for the future and his "lame" ideas shot down at every turn, in Clarence he is hailed as a hero, transforming not only himself but Glenda and the town itself.

Miranda Otto's Glenda is a gloriously rare creature, an enigma: tough yet fragile as lace the town views her almost as an outcast, yet when Danny arrives, she becomes adored by everyone. Otto's transformation is no less astonishing than Danny's and as the film progresses she almost literally glows. She becomes the ideal woman in nearly every way imaginable. When things get tough, we see another crack in her veneer and learn a lot when she cries out "I just don't want to feel." Otto makes it utterly impossible not to fall in love with this beautiful creature.

The supporting cast all turn in terrific performances, both the folks back in Sydney and Danny's new life in Clarence.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Away From It All May 29, 2006
"Danny Deckchair" isn't a complex movie, nor is it particularly deep. If you're looking for a serious drama about relationships and love, look elsewhere. If, however, you're looking for a genuinely charming and funny movie that will leave you feeling pretty good overall by the end, then this is it.

Danny, a "cement man" in Sydney, Australia, leads a pretty normal life with his girlfriend, his house, his weekend barbeques, and his friends. He does, however, have some pretty crazy ideas. Frustrated in his fruitless attempts to take a vacation somewhere out of the way, and confused by his reaction to his girlfriend's possible infidelity, he comes up with the craziest one ever: strap a huge bunch of yellow helium balloons to a lawn chair and see where it takes him. To the surprise of everyone (including himself!), it works, and it takes him to the little town of Clarence. There, he discovers the possibility of new love in the form of the local parking meter cop who first finds him when he falls out of the sky, and he finds that he can be someone important after all: himself.

I love watching "Danny Deckchair" because it walks so many fine lines so well. It's a little predictable, but not insulting. It's fun and funny, without delving into stupidity. It's a "feel-good" movie but it's not saccharine-sweet. The two main actors (Rhys Ifans and the lovely Miranda Otto) are really likable and have a lot of natural chemistry, without any of it seeming forced or manufactured. It's just a fun movie to watch when you need a pick-me-up, or when you want to feel happy about something. And, corny as it sounds, it's a little reminder about some of the more important things in discoveries, happiness, friendship, and yes, love.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Spiffing! March 8, 2006
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I happened across this film, thanks to my new dishnetwork satellite hookup (not a marketing post, I swear), and it absolutely hooked me right from the start. One look at "Danny's" face, and I knew in there somewhere was a beautiful man dying to break out of his shell. Maybe it's a mirror of my middle-aged self examination, but I saw in Danny and his story the wonder of emerging as the person you are inside after a lifetime of being dissed. Somehow, for him, he lands in the right place, almost in the lap of the right person, and this fairy tale takes off. Lots of great characters, a beautiful town, a story that moves right along, and it just doesn't seem syrupy at all. Wonderful, old-style romantic, well paced.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The flight of a burnt out dreamer November 19, 2005
Danny Deckchair is an Australian film directed by Jeff Balsmeyer. It stars Rhys Ifans, as the main character Danny Morgan, and Miranda Otto in the female lead, Glenda Lake. It is one of those nice little films one is blessed to discover. I came across this DVD in a rental shop cut-out bin. It was like finding treasure.

Danny Deckchair is billed as a comedy but it is more than just a funny story. It is about dreams, big and small, romance and how one overcomes a bland existance. Danny works with concrete. He lives with his social climbing and agressively romantic girlfriend Trudy played wonderfully by Justine Clarke. Danny has a knack for trying weird things. He jumps into wet concrete. He trys to become the ammunition in a giant slingshot. Finally, he straps helium filled balloons to a deck aka lawn chair and off he goes.

Danny lands in a small back country town and is transformed, but so are the folks in this little town. The idea of an out of towner who changes the people he interacts with is not a new idea in film story lines. But, Danny Deckchair certainly does this film genre justice. I have always enjoyed Australian cinema. No matter what the story it always seems bright and fresh. Danny Deckchair is bright, fresh, and enjoyable. It is a definite buy.
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