Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Canuck dramedy could've been longer

  • Print

IF this Canadian dramatic comedy about a trigger-happy guy were just a movie trailer, it wouldn't be coming soon to a theatre near you.

It would be coming too soon. Way too soon.

Forgive the glib opening here. The subject of premature ejaculation is something a male reviewer feels an instinctive need to joke about.

But the virtue of Vancouver-based director Bruce Sweeney's brave new effort is that he turns what could have been crude and cruel comedy into something honest and sensitive.

Thank goodness Sweeney, a long-time favourite of the Canuck art-house crowd with such contemporary comedies as Dirty and Last Wedding, beat Hollywood to the punch with this mortifying topic.

In the hands of someone like, say, Judd Apatow, Excited would likely sell a zillion more tickets -- and, granted, it would have more visual heft -- but it would be several times less truthful (though no more sexually explicit).

The protagonist is a nebbishy single Vancouver guy, Kevin (Cam Cronin), who seems painfully inept around women. This despite being well into his 30s and operating a thriving golf course in partnership with his much studlier brother Randy (Paul Skrudland).

The source of Kevin's relationship problems becomes clear after his sister-in-law fixes him up with one of her friends, an athletic shoe saleswoman, Hayaam (Laara Sadiq).

But the movie holds interests not just for its squirm-inducing high concepts. It has numerous smaller pleasures, among them its wintry Vancouver setting (the overcast skies set the film's emotional tone) and the casting of two Muslim-Canadian actresses playing against type as urbanized and sexy second-generation Canadian women.

Kevin's family dynamics are even more fascinating. Dominated by a hilariously overbearing mother (Gabrielle Rose), this WASPy clan is at once unhealthily intertwined and admirably close.

Sweeney's script is filled with droll one liners, better than much of what Woody Allen has offered in recent years.

Excited could have used a larger budget and, surprisingly, a little more length. But that would be damning it, er, prematurely.

morley.walker@freepress.mb.ca

MovieReview

Excited

-- Directed by Bruce Sweeney

-- Cinematheque, Aug. 13-15 and 18

-- 18A

3 1/2 out of five stars

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 13, 2010 D4

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Lindor Reynolds speaks candidly about life with terminal cancer

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A goose cools off Thursday in water at Omands Creek Park-See Bryksa 30 day goose challenge- Day 25– June 21, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Gardening Column- Assiniboine Park English Garden. July 19, 2002.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Will you get out and vote for a new mayor and council?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google