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Rage in Placid Lake, The
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"Out rage!"
4 stars

Placid Lake is sick of being defined as an outsider - by schoolyard bullies, his ridiculously New Age parents (Garry McDonald and a scene-stealing Miranda Richardson) and even his egghead platonic girlfriend (a stitched-up Rose Byrne). He just wants to be “normal”. On finishing school, he dons a suit, gets a George W. Bush haircut and joins the rank and file at Icarus Insurance. But can his plan to reinvent himself succeed?

As musician and first-time actor Ben Lee plays him, Placid is, well, somewhat placid. Lee makes for a suitably likeable and gawky outsider, but he doesn’t successfully suggest the well of rage deep inside Placid that he’s looking to repress. Nevertheless, it’s an appealing and funny performance. Rose Byrne adds another string to her bow and Christopher Stollery, of the Bell Shakespeare Company, is wickedly droll as Placid’s mentor in the insurance industry.

Playwright Tony McNamara is making his directorial debut with an adaptation of his play, “The Cafe Latte Kid”. His direction is straightforward, rather than stylish, but he’s done a terrific job reshaping the material to shrug off its stage origins. The Rage in Placid Lake is a little deflated by its ending, which lacks the element of surprise that’s otherwise present throughout.

On the whole, it’s a welcome and witty comedy with bite.

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originally posted: 09/02/03 01:59:50
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User Comments

5/19/05 ABomb Film school try-hard shite. Ben Lee's performance' is the worst ever in an Australian film. 1 stars
2/07/05 PR Excellent!. Great performances all round 5 stars
1/16/05 Gullytrap The rage in the foyer afterwards more like it. 1 stars
1/13/05 Elbow Amateurish and embarrassing. Ben Lee CANNOT act! Student filmmaking on taxpayers money. 1 stars
7/01/04 Lavi Really entertaining and funny...Check it out! 5 stars
2/28/04 iiiiiii worst fukin movie ive eva seen, i had 2 watch it 3 times 4 skool and id rather give me dad 1 stars
2/03/04 raouljohn An excellent entertainment - well worth a look . . . 4 stars
9/21/03 Manna Im an Aussie and i HATED it 1 stars
9/21/03 Nicki They should pay YOU to watch it 1 stars
9/21/03 John brave performance from ben lee 5 stars
9/16/03 Neil Excellent, Really Excellent, One Of The Best I have Seen 5 stars
9/08/03 nat it was bloody awesome 5 stars
9/03/03 Jay Really good film! 5 stars
9/02/03 Mark Davis Agree with Bitchslap. Loved this film. Ben Lee impressive; Rose Byrne excellent. 4 stars
9/02/03 Jaden The Best Australian Movie Ever! 5 stars
9/01/03 rk thoroughly enjoyable, very funny satire 4 stars
8/14/03 Paul Dempsey Cigarettes will kill you and so will this toxic crap! 1 stars
8/14/03 John Conner Aussie just seem to go from bad to worse. 1 stars
8/05/03 Barry Olek Rubbish 1 stars
8/05/03 John Montague One of the funniest films Iv'e seen in years - a must see 5 stars
7/30/03 Adam Butler This is a great movie. It has a great story, a brilliant cast, and an extremely funny cameo 4 stars
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