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A young man has a hard time getting crime to pay better than honest work in this comedy-drama from Australia. When Jack Flange (Alex O'Lachlan) gets word that his sister Nikki (Claudia Harrison) has been in a serious auto accident, he leaves his home in Sydney and travels to the small seaside community where she lives. Money is tight for Nikki, so Jack looks for a job to help out; however, the best he can do is working for Brownie (David Field), who runs an oyster farm with his father Mumbles (Jim Norton). Jack soon learns that oyster farming is tough, physically punishing work, and while… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's just a little too much prettiness and plot to compete with all the eccentric behavior of the background population."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"If only you could shuck away the humdrum shell of a story about a guy who steals money and hides out among the local river workers, you might have an interesting documentary about shellfish."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"Reeves discovers an allegory for the ebb and flow of life in these uncertain times."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"A remarkably assured debut for writer/director Anna Reeves, whose characters have enough grit to turn an oyster into a pearl... The best Australian film of the year."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Something of an afterthought, but it's a lovely excursion while it lasts."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Anna Reeves' debut feature film, set in a breathtaking stretch of the Hawkesbury River, jumps from idea to idea like a kangaroo, but it's a charmer all the same."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"While her cast is talented, Reeves doesn't concentrate long enough on any plotline or character to build viewer interest."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"... the plot takes some unlikely turns along familiar romantic rough waters."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Reeves' debut feature follows a meandering but scenic course, much like the serpentine Hawkesbury River that serves as its beautiful locale."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Fails to overcome its hokey script and cliched characterizations."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"This darkly humorous, sometimes even raunchy film mostly eludes a typical cutesy, feel-good formula."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"I think maybe this movie was harvested before its time because, just like an oyster, it blows its juice too soon and then it's pretty much worthless after that."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Love blooms when we least expect it to and we must be ready for it with open hearts and a willingness to step into the dark."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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