Introducing the Dwights

Introducing the Dwights
Introducing the Dwights
  • R
  • 1h 46m
  • 2007
Rotten52%
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Tim has a new girlfriend. It should be the perfect romance, but something is holding him back. He has a dark secret ... his parents are entertainers. Brenda Blethyn delivers a tour-de-force performance as a once-hot comic talent in England who fell in love with a one-hit country western singer. Now the survivor of a disastrous marriage, ex-wife of a security guard still trying for another hit single and the mother of two teenaged boys about to find their own ways in the world, she scratches out a living in Australia doing one-night standup gigs. Then her son falls in love, and what had never been a stable home environment before becomes a combat zone in a moving and hilarious battle for a teenager's affection. Every once in a while, a love story comes along that defies expectations.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten52%
Critics Consensus: Despite a predictable storyline, Introducing the Dwights succeeds on the strength of its sweet and earnest portrayal of family dysfunction.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Fresh

It doesn't quite add up as a convincingly rounded drama, thanks largely to a tepid feelgood ending...

March 4, 2019
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

This heartfelt, good-natured film grew on me, and Blethyn always commands attention.

June 21, 2017
BBC.com
Anna Smith
Fresh

In the hands of Mike Leigh, this could be a masterpiece, as it is, it's forgettable fun.

June 21, 2017
USA Today
Claudia Puig
Fresh

Introducing the Dwights is funny and poignant, with a tour-de-force performance by British actress...

March 4, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Uneven dysfunctional family dramedy for adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this Australian film is positioned as a quirky family comedy, it's actually quite dark. The main character is a comedienne who's trying to make a last run for stardom just as her sons become more independent, which leaves her feeling abandoned and threatened. A couple's frequent sex scenes are often fairly graphic (bare breasts, but no genitals), as is the language ("f--k," "s--t," and more). Characters drink freely, and their drinking leads to behavior they later regret (for example, a mother threatens to abandon her children and orders them out of her house).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:July 4, 2007
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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