THE SUM OF US

Content -3
Quality
None Light Moderate Heavy
Language        
Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: March 10, 1995

Starring: Russell Crowe, Jack Thompson,
John Polson, & Deborah Kennedy

Genre: Drama

Audience:

Rating: NR

Runtime: 99 minutes

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Company

Director: Kevin Dowling, & Geoff
Burton EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Errol Sullivan & Hal McElroy

Executive Producer:

Producer: Hal McElroy

Writer: David Stevens BASED ON THE
PLAY BY: David Stevens

Address Comments To:

Content:

(Ho, L, SS, NN, A, D, Ho, M) Contrasts conventional & permissive moral views of homosexuality; 8 obscenities & 7 vulgarities; homosexual embraces (clothed); partial male nudity; alcohol use; drug use; and, homosexual & bathroom humor.

Summary:

THE SUM OF US is a tragic-comic drama about sons and fathers. While it is an engaging film with excellent casting and script and provides insight into the role fatherhood plays in the homosexual condition, viewers must be cautioned on the movie's adult theme of homosexuality, intimate scenes, nudity, and ribald humor.

Review:

THE SUM OF US, starring Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson, is a tragic-comic drama about sons and fathers. Jeff and Gary have a lot in common: they are young, they frequent the same places, they even wear the same cologne, and they are homosexual partners. However, their fathers are far different. While Gary's father seems to him "like a stranger," Jeff's father, Harry, condones his son's homosexual lifestyle. Harry's casual approach throws Gary off balance, making him "feel guilty" about their relationship.

Despite its controversial plot revolving around an accepting father and his homosexual son, THE SUM OF US is at once interesting, well-produced and startling, painting a candid picture of the homosexual condition. Casting and character development are excellent. Soft camera work and the movie's Australian location add to the ambiance. Although not afraid to portray sexual shame, or the narcissistic posturing of the "lifestyle," the movie stops short of dealing with the trauma and misguidance that brings innocents into this insidious, perverse captivity. While THE SUM OF US is an engaging film that provides insight into the role fatherhood plays in the homosexual condition, moral viewers will be offended by the movie's adult theme of homosexuality, intimate scenes, nudity, and ribald humor.

In Brief: