What You Need To Know:
(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.
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.