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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
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.Read more ›
A divorced man wants a tax break, newly introduced in Australia for gay partners.His widowed best friend goes along with it & hilarity ensues!
Paul Hogan plays an amazing performance in this laugh-out-loud classic that shows how much a man can love his fellow man and still be a "man". Different that characters of the past, Hogan embraces a new "life-style" and creates havoc at every turn.
Also starring Michael Caton, Alan Cassell, and a supporting cast that do a superb job.
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What a fun movie and very relevant to current diversity issues. The relationship between the characters is enduring and shows that love and friendship is non-gendered.Published 2 months ago by Michael
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I love the stars in the movie and it was a very funny movie. The characters are all very endearingPublished on July 9, 2013 by ingrid scherer
found this movie while channel surfing ... and now I have to have a copy to share with friends because it may never show up on tv again
it is enjoyable one of those aussie... Read more
The subject of "Strange bedfellows" is nothing new - two straight men decide to pretend they are gays. We could see it in "Boat trip" for example. Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by Pitbulltje
This was one of the best laughing movies i have seen in ages!!! AND great shipping!Published on August 1, 2008 by Ann Trusty