Fathers and Sons

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Posted April 30, 2010 by Jimmy Fowler in Blotch

This week’s review of La Mission complains that the movie tries to do too much. It wants to be both a love letter to the spiritually charged street culture of San Fran’s Mission District AND a family drama about a recovering alcoholic (Benjamin Bratt) forced to examine the roots of his violent machismo after his beloved son (Jeremy Ray Valdez) turns out to be gay. The final grade is — Street Vibe: A, Family Drama: C-.

Watching it, I was reminded of an obscure 1994 Australian comedy called The Sum of Us, also about a working-class dad’s attempts to understand his gay son. This must-see curiosity starred a pre-Gladiator Russell Crowe as the soccer-playing, tight shorts-wearing, bloke-snogging son whose father (the late Jack Thompson) took a personal interest in finding his grown-up boy a long-term boyfriend. The Sum of Us is not a great movie, but it’s a unique one. And as Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood fast approaches, it demonstrates that Crowe – early in his career, at least — didn’t give a shit if passionately kissing another guy on film might hurt his prospects as an actor.


2 Comments


  1.  
    moolib

    You might want to check your facts……I really think the “late Jack Thompson” is still on time……




  2.  
    jimmy.fowler

    moolib’s correct. I buried Thompson too soon.





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