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  • Actors: Michael Caton, Alan Cassell, Andy Pappas, Paula Duncan, Roy Billing
  • Directors: Dean Murphy
  • Writers: Stewart Faichney, Dean Murphy, Sally Plant
  • Producers: Dean Murphy, David Redman, Nigel Odell, Shana Levine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00092ZMXY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strange Bedfellows" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Two lifelong friends (Paul Hogan and Michael Caton) have discovered a way to save big money come tax time. All they have to do is pretend they’re a loving gay couple. It seems so simple, but when a meddling tax inspector comes to town to investigate the couple, all hell breaks loose in this laugh-out-loud comedy. The pair’s hilarious misadventures will warm your heart and keep you in stitches even after the credits have run.

Customer Reviews

His best bud is Ralph.
MadMacs
If you like good humor with a gay twist, you'll like this movie--two guys pretending to be a couple to help out in a sticky situation.
BioEagle
I love the stars in the movie and it was a very funny movie.
ingrid scherer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 1, 2005
Format: DVD
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS is one of those films that plays like a TV sitcom without the canned laughter - especially now that gay themed shows have made it big on television. This film's main charm is its Aussie flavor and that forgives a lot of the shortcomings of a fluffy idea of a script.

Essentially, two men (Paul Hogan and Michael Caton) decide to avoid back taxes and take advantage of a new law that allows same sex partners to gain the rights of married couples by passing as a gay married couple. How they go about convincing each other that they can pass as gay in order to convince the authorities and then how they can learn to act gay and live a gay life to back up their story is the action of the movie. Many stereotypes are included but somehow the Aussies know how to pull this off with minimal offense.

The overall theme, after the story is all said and done, is one of tolerance and compassion for people who are in different societal climes. Hogan and Caton pull this off well, showing how really everyone they meet in their charade is just a 'regular guy' - and for that reason the film becomes more tolerable than the usual farces that deal with 'passing'. Not a great movie, but one with a wink! Grady Harp, September 05
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chicoer2003 on July 26, 2005
Format: DVD
Strange Bedfellows is a lot like the full monty. It's a quaint Australian movie that will leave you with a smile. Ot's funny (not hillarious) A good movie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BioEagle on April 20, 2005
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this "Aussie" comedy as one of a few movies I watched on a flight to Australia. If you like good humor with a gay twist, you'll like this movie--two guys pretending to be a couple to help out in a sticky situation. The story is outrageous and funny, with a nice twist at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MadMacs on September 29, 2012
Format: DVD
It's unfortunate that Paul Hogan will always be that character. A perfect example of an accomplishment that was both a blessing and a curse; because the man's talent is greater than the role that first brought him fame. And he's achieved so more than many one-role actors, both as a screenwriter and producer.

Like 'Almost An Angel', this is one of those performances that showcases the actor in a different light than his previous efforts.

In this film he plays Vince, divorcee and small town theater proprietor who is about to be buggered two ways to Sunday by the tax department. His detestable ex-wife has racked up an astounding tax bill while running multiple failed businesses. Unfortunately, to facilitate the separation from the witch, she and her boyfriend manipulated him into blindly signing paperwork - and it's his name on the various corporate papers. Understandably, the tax assayer holds that person responsible for the liability. Despite attempts to explain, the government wants its money. Even if they have to bankrupt him to get it.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And Vince has an idea.

His best bud is Ralph. Nice guy who runs the local auto shop in their tiny rural village of Yankandandah. (Believe it or not, it's an actual township deep in Australia's Victoria territory) Now, the pair have been best buds for as long as either can remember. And it's that friendship that Vince is calling upon in his hour of need.

He wants them to go gay.

Well, more specifically, Vince wants to file as a same sex couple for the multiple tax breaks such couples can claim. It's all set up for an easy score.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 29, 2005
Format: DVD
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS is a somewhat lighthearted examination of relationships, perceptions and masculine bonding. In an attempt to avoid bankruptcy, Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee himself) convinces his lifelong friend (a superb Michael Caton) to pose as his life partner to capitalize on a new tax law supporting gay couples. Of course, there is the expected coaching from the local male hairdresser (who is really straight but fakes his homosexuality because it's expected); a trip to a gay bar in Syndey where they bond with a collection of "fops"; and the showdown at the big local dance. The movie is to be admired for its refusal to fall into the general stereotypical emotions about homsexuals, and for its sensitivity to relationships in general. It's not riotously funny, but is mildly amusing. Hogan seems a little too removed from the film to be effective, but Caton and the other supporting players (including Pete Postelthwaite as the investigator) are charming.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on May 22, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a very funny movie from my own home country. It has alot of the greatest Aussie movie stars in it and is a harilous movie to watch for anyone who loves Gay Humor.

Paul Hogan plays a man who wants to get out of paying tax so he pretends to be a gay couple with his best friend to get out of paying it and has to learn to become gay when they about to be interviewed to see if they are just 'playing around'.

Its a fantastic movie and I highly recommended it, even if not to buy then to rent. Its a must see.
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STRANGE BEDFELLOWS (2004, 100 minutes, Australian) has been a perennial favorite of mine since I first saw it the year it was released. Starring Paul Hogan and that other great Aussie Michael Caton as two best buddies, it always satisfies me as a sophisticated comedy with flawless writing.

I think some people know this story quite well: after getting stuck owing his ex-wife's taxes, Hogan decides he will take advantage of the new tax laws aimed at gay couples in Australia. His lifelong best friend played by Michael Caton will be his unwilling partner-in-crime. The only thing these two stalwarts from the town of Yakandandah need to do is learn to act like a gay couple.

I need not spoil the rest of the film ... but I can contradict my worthy colleague Grady Harp's review. This is a work of subtle and surprisingly deep messages. It studies the fact of the gay community's existence, at least in Australia, while respecting the various viewpoints others maintain. The big objective, as we may happily observe with this film overall, is that people can change for the better--and in the nick of time.

So, Grady, with my apologies, I do not think this wonderful film is anything like a cheesy TV gym sock. Oh, I can understand how you would comment that, given the stunning quality of many gay-themed films. The thing is this is COMEDY with depth. It is no mean feat to accomplish it this well, and I am somewhat sad that Paul Hogan merely starred in it without having to do with the writing.

It is fun, the characters are all sympathetic, and I love anything Australian. Especially the men.
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