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Drama . Comedy . Romance

The shy son of an aging comedienne tries to find a balance between his demanding home life, his new girlfriend, and his mother's second chance at fame.

Actors: Brenda Blethyn , Rebecca Gibney , Khan Chittenden , Emma Booth , Katie Wall , Richard Wilson
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Release: 2007-07-20
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  • Ruthe Stein

    Among the many strengths of the sweetly touching Introducing the Dwights, a small gem from Australia unearthed at the Sundance Film Festival, is that Jean never becomes Godzilla.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Funny and appalling, doting and possessive, petty and selfless, raunchy and righteous, Jeannie is the pivot of the charming, garish, somewhat overwritten Australian comedy Introducing the Dwights.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It does what all good coming of age movies do, and that makes it a worthy and welcome entry into the genre.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Director Cherie Nowlan creates vivid personalities for the entire family and exposes the raw nerves of the biting humor.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    The movie belongs to Blethyn, who takes a difficult, easily misunderstood role and gracefully cracks it open to reveal what's inside.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Warm and entertaining enough, with Brenda Blethyn doing a variation on her "Little Voice" vulgarian amid appealing support perfs.

    Variety Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Blethyn's performance belongs in another movie, not this bipolar comedy-drama.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The dynamic between mother and son is fascinating, with Blethyn creating a character who is more antagonist than villain.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    No matter how good Blethyn is at playing up the sweet hurt of a woman who is well on the decline but never made it in the first place, your admiration for her shrieking-and-drinking breakdown scenes is likely to be tested after about the fifth go-round.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    For those seeking an alternative to giant robots and flying wizards, there's an amusing Australian comedy that might be just the right panacea for blockbuster overload.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Sid Smith

    The movie successfully balances the sentimental and bittersweet only about half the time. The performances are intelligent and well-crafted, and Blethyn is unmistakably a star performer, attracting attention like a vortex. But she's somewhat miscast here.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    If you find a movie with a more annoying central performance than the one given by Brenda Blethyn in Cherie Nowlan's Introducing the Dwights, keep it to yourself.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The script's attempt to splice together a fumbling love story with a portrait of toxic personality disorder feels incongruous, like a serving of porridge flambé au whisky.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Sometimes Brenda Blethyn is content merely to nibble the scenery. In Introducing the Dwights, a drippy Australian family comedy caper, she chomps it to a pulp until we long for her straightforward monstrosity as a mother in "Little Voice."

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    A funny-sad, icky-sweet comedy of family dysfunction.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Amusing only for its performances, including those of Chittenden and Wilson. The cast cannot hide the movie's derivative shortcomings, which only remind us that we've seen better and funnier elsewhere.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Director Cherie Nowlan steers the comedy to a feel-good ending.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The film suffers for her (Brenda Blethyn) egocentrism.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Joanne Kaufman

    Jean's material is so flat-out awful it's amazing she gets hired at all, let alone that she once supposedly had headliner potential. It's a discrepancy that Introducing the Dwights never addresses.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Nothing about this movie works, not the title (it used to be called "Clubland "), not Blethyn's attempt to inject comedy into her rickety stereotype of a character.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Quirkiness is as essential to a small indie film as beef stock to French onion soup. But if you don't have enough of any other ingredient, you end up with a watery, barely edible broth.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Josh Rosenblatt

    As Tim – a character rich in contradictions and psychological possibilities – Chittenden may as well be a cardboard cutout for all the emotional complexity he’s able to muster.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    With its broad, toothless humor and ham-fisted fits of melodrama, this sitcom-grade embarrassment aims to dethrone "Muriel's Wedding" as the quirky Aussie feel-gooder of all time, except it hurts too much to watch.

    Village Voice Full Review
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