We’re Here to Help
We’re Here To Help is a light-hearted drama/comedy of Dave Henderson’s run in with the IRD. It’s frustratingly engrossing to watch; on the one hand it’s laughable how absurd the whole situation was, and on the other, it’s down right annoying that they could do what they did to Dave Henderson.
It’s also a delightful little slice of Kiwi history as we witness the rise of ACT bulldog Rodney Hide.
As far as Kiwi movies go, it’s played pretty straight down the middle, the acting is good and there’s the usual suspects playing different roles. The kiwi humour and Kiwiana is there in force (cheers big ears!) and it just feels right.
The hero is lovable but no-where near perfect and the villain – the Inland Revenue Department – is easy for anyone to hate.
Then there’s the ending – this is the only part of the movie where it seems like the director ran into trouble – how to end a perfectly good movie. Whilst the ending was true to the story, it seemed somewhat rushed and unfulfilling, though the final word from Dave to the IRD is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: PG – contains course language.
Duration: 85 mins.
Genre: Drama, Comedy.
Actors: Erik Thomson, Miriama Smith, William Wallace.
Director: Jonothan Cullinane.
Release Date: 8 November 2007.