Wah-Wah (2006)

Actor and author Richard E. Grant made his directorial debut with this period comedy drama inspired by his own experiences growing up in colonial Africa in the sixties. Ralph Compton (Zachary Fox) is the 11-year old son of Harry (Gabriel… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 15, 2006
DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The ensemble cast is strong, but they get overpowered by the muddled stew of melodrama.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I admired the movie and was happy to see it but can think of two other films about whites in Africa that do a better job of seeing their roles.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The actors give it a spark, and Grant directs his fine cast with sureness.

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Christopher Campbell

After watching his directorial debut, Wah-Wah, I'd like [Richard] Grant to stay in front of the camera.

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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

Watching it is like trying to assemble a puzzle that's missing pieces: You can see the outline of a story, and some shapes fit neatly together, but there are undeniable holes.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

What is understandably a subject of great fascination to [Grant] soon becomes a crashing bore to us.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Emily Watson is delightful as the American step-mother, as is the rest of the ensemble.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Deftly balancing the end of British colonialism in Africa against a family's painful disintegration, Wah-Wah marks the impressive directing debut of Richard E. Grant.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Gabriel Byrne gives a great performance as Ralph's troubled father, Harry, and Miranda Richardson and Emily Watson are enjoyable as Harry's wife and American lover.

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Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

Grant has crafted a handsome period piece that never betrays his first-timer status.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Sentimental and well meaning, the first writing/directing credit for Richard E.Grant (a favorite actor of mine) and auto-biographical as well. The damned Brits… More
Shauna Robinson
Interesting film to watch, with an excellent cast. Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Julie Waters and the young Nicholas Hoult. I was very impressed with Richard E.… More
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, Nicholas Hoult, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Michael Richards, Julian Wadham, Fenella Woolgar, Ian Roberts… More
Steve B.
Richard E. Grant's directorial debut is an autobiographical account of his youth in Swaziland in the early 70s. While it's well-made -- the… More
Ginny  X
A wonderfully strong ensemble, the story however, is quite complex. There was just too many things that happened, perhaps Richard Grant just threw in a bit too… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Wah-Wah" starts with 12-year old Ralph(Zachary Fox) watching his mother(Miranda Richardson) getting hot and heavy with a man(Ian… More