Danny Deckchair
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Jeff Balsmeyer makes his writing and directing debut with the Australian romantic comedy Danny Deckchair. Rhys Ifans plays Danny Morgan, a building tradesman living in the Sydney suburbs with his upwardly mobile real-estate agent girlfriend, Trudy (Justine Clarke). When she chooses to postpone their vacation together in order to show a house to TV personality Sandy Upman (Rhys Muldoon), Danny takes matters into his own hands by fastening helium balloons to a chair and sailing over the city. Landing in the small town of Clarence, he meets and falls in love with parking cop Glenda (Miranda… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Balsmeyer may remind you of the guy at the party who, after one too many shots, puts a lampshade on his head. It's funny for maybe a moment -- until you realize, to your horror, that he doesn't know when to stop."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Such sentiments are fine, of course, but they're not the ingredients of groundbreaking filmmaking. We've been over this territory ad nauseum."
‑ Charles Ealy, Dallas Morning News
"A pretty straightforward and competent little film."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"In a sane world, this utterly charming, sweet little fantasy of a movie would boost Rhys Ifans to stardom."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A sort of children's book for adults."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"The easygoing humor and uplifting messages -- that it's never too late to turn your life around -- are welcome, especially in the September movie doldrums."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"An entertaining flight of fancy."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The charm of it all wins us over, and while we watch the tired old twists and turns, we smile anyway."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"One randomly recruited audience member directly behind me -- let's call him the Shouter -- exclaimed, 'That's tight!'"
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"This is a good one to catch and moves to a feel good ending."
‑ Vince Koehler, Entertainment Spectrum
"As for the charm factor, I can't think of any screen couple this year with more of such an elusive quality than Ms. Otto and Mr. Ifans."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Pleasant little diversion with some sweet moments."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"[Jeff Balsmeyer's] playing it safe causes this beautiful opportunity of a film to crash just when it seems destined for the stratosphere."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
"Too predictable to sustain interest."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Takes a good premise -- one that's based on real-life events -- and turns it into a tired and overly familiar sitcom."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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