The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell
The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell describes itself as funny, emotional, and authentic. But this story of a father who is a little too obsessive over his two boys and their possible glory on the carting track that he forgets some essentials of life.
Namely that his boys are only human, and young boys at that. That when you start grooming the younger one to surpass the older one before the older one has reached his peak, there will be problems, and if you neglect you wife, lie to her and keep secrets, she will go and have sex with your single neighbour in his yet to be filled swimming pool.
Ah yes, the authenticity of two middle-aged people having sex in the backyard.
The big problem with Gazza is that the trailer kind of promotes it as a bit of a serious drama with a high kick of humour to keep it entertaining.
Which in hindsight is a tough combination to get right.
The humour falls flat for the most part, and the authentic story-line is mainly cliched cheese.
It’s not that Gazza Snell is a bad movie – it’s just that its more a TV movie than something to get excited about. And to call it funny and authentic will just be giving people too-higher expectations.
As a Sunday night TV drama, something to wind down with at the end of the week, Gazza is great, but for some Friday night entertainment at home, you can do a lot better.
Reviewed by: Jonathan