The Sum of Us
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Three years before he became a household name in Hollywood with 1997's L.A. Confidential, Russell Crowe starred in this Australian drama, the directorial debuts of Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling. Crowe plays Jeff Mitchell, a young gay man and the son of widower Harry Mitchell (Jack Thompson). The two live together while they both search for a special someone with whom to spend their lives. And while Harry is more than comfortable with Jeff's sexuality, his new lady friend isn't, leading to tension and a personal struggle for Harry. Based on the play by screenwriter David Stevens,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The novelty of this Australian working class comedy of manners is that sexual orientation is not a probelm. Father and gay son (nicely played by Russell Crowe) enjoy the kind of warm, amiable relationship thast's unheard of and unseen in American films"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Effective translation of a theatre piece. Russell Crowe's best performance."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A second look reveals everything wrong with the movie, but on first pass, it's well-performed and enjoyably crafted."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Plumbs the depths of a loyal and loving relationship between a father and son."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An excellent Aussie effort with ripper performances from Crowe and Thompson"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"There are noble notions here, but the film is far too heavy-handed to realize them fully."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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