I Now Pronounce You Vince and Ralph Review
Comedy involving gay characters and gay situations isn't exactly new or original, but Strange Bedfellows features Crocodile Dundee himself as a man who fakes being gay to get himself out of a dodgy tax situation, so credit to the film makers, it's a pretty original plot.
I personally like Paul Hogan and would like him to make more films, he is a funny guy and I defy anyone not to actually like his Crocodile Dundee character. However, living off the one character isn't healthy for your film career and he has made a couple of other decent films, I personally liked Almost an Angel and I thought Lightening Jack was good fun.Vince is the local cinema owner and unfortunately after his divorce his wife has taken him to the cleaners. He owes a serious amount of money in back taxes and is desperate. Michael Caton from the brilliant Aussie comedy, 'The Castle' plays his best mate, Ralph the local mechanic. Now they have known each other since they were kids and have a strong bond. Vince reads in his paper that the Australian government are giving tax breaks to same sex couples and sees this as a way of getting out of his problem. When asking Ralph if he can do this Ralph is somewhat shocked, seeing that they live in a small outback town, same sex couples are not exactly commonplace except for the camp hairdresser, Eric. After working on Ralph for a few days he finally agrees and they send off their tax return form.
Vince soon receives a letter from the tax office telling him they will be visiting him to see if his claim is valid. Now due to an on going joke throughout the film, the local post mistress discovers the letter with 'same sex couple' on it. She deduces that Vince and Ralph are a couple and news soon spreads around the town. Even the local priest is shocked when he tells them that God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!! Vince and Ralph now have to become 'gay' and they enlist Eric and the scene is set for a serious amount of camp walking and talking. As Ralph and Vince become more adept at being a couple they travel to Sydney to experience the 'alternative' clubs that the city has to offer. These scenes are the funniest in the film and reminded me of The Blue Oyster scenes in Police Academy. Seeing Hogan in hot pants and Caton in a funky leather outfit complete with cap is hysterical. The later scenes with tax inspector (Pete Poslethwaite) are amusing but apart from the club scenes where I laughed out loud, I smiled throughout the film and only really chuckled. The film features real characters you care about, the meaning of true friendship and it does leave you with a bit of a warm fuzzy feeling at the end.