Introducing the Dwights
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Introducing the Dwights
An already-unstable household becomes a virtual battle zone when the son of a risquà (C) comedienne and a has-been singer finds mom meddling in his love life in director Cherie Nowlan's dysfunctional romantic comedy. Twenty-one-year-old Tim Dwight (Khan Chittenden) comes from a peculiar family; his mother, Jean (Brenda Blethyn), is a bawdy stage comic renowned for her scatological sense of humor and his father, John (Frankie J. Holden), is a faded country-music star who now works as a low-rent security guard. While dad is busy trying to revive his flat-lined career, mom spends most of her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Introducing the Dwights is funny and poignant, with a tour-de-force performance by British actress Brenda Blethyn."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"There's nothing lovely, however, about the movie's bombastic ending, but there are enough small moments until then to make this mixed-up experience vaguely worthwhile."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Uneven dysfunctional family dramedy for adults."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"...does little more than disappoint its audience with annoying characters and stereotypical situations."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"If you're making a film about a stand-up, it helps if she has at least one good gag in her routine."
‑ Neil Smith, thelondonpaper
"One of those quirky Australian comedies that's almost as charming and sharp as it thinks it is."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Sometimes Brenda Blethyn is content merely to nibble the scenery. In Introducing the Dwights, a drippy Australian family comedy caper, she chomps it to a pulp until we long for her straightforward monstrosity as a mother in Little Voice."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A movie that works beautifully when it's on point and feels sort of hollow when it's not."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"As lively as a slap in the face, this film struggles to connect with us due to an extremely unsympathetic central figure, but still wins us over with strong acting and a sweet romance."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Brenda Blethyn gets her teeth into the role of a flamboyant showbiz monster who can't accept that her career has failed to make the big time."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"It's time we all met the Dwights."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The broader characterizations may be off, but [director] Nowlan observes other small details with sensitive precision."
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"Yes, Introducing the Dwights is a melodrama, but this melodrama handles its emotional manipulation with such subtle honesty that it takes on an impressive degree of realism."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"It doesn't quite add up as a convincingly rounded drama, thanks largely to a tepid feelgood ending, but there are many good moments - and the expert acting from Blethyn alone is worth the price of a ticket."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"This heartfelt, good-natured film grew on me, and Blethyn always commands attention."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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