The Merger (2018)

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Bodgy Creek is a struggling town. The drought won't let up, jobs are scarce after the mill was shut down, and the footy team looks like it will have to merge with anoher club or fold. Living a hermit-like existence on the town's fringe, former football star turned 'Town Killer' Troy Carrington (Damian Callinan), is coaxed into rescuing the team after striking up an unlikely friendship with young Neil (Raffety Grierson) who is struggling with the recent loss of his father. Teaming up with Neil's mum Angie (Kate Mulvany, The Great Gatsby) who runs a nearby refugee support centre, they unite to recruit the new arrivals to save the team and take the community on a journey of change. But for some, like Neil's grandfather and Club President, Bull (fan-favourite, John Howard, SeaChange) and 'star' player Carpet Burn (Angus McLaren, Hotel Mumbai), it's more change than they're willing to take.

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Just as Australia's current coalition government nominated Scott Morrison as their leader; a man who has a boat-shaped sculpture in his office that proclaims "I stopped these"; a movie embracing humanity like "The Merger" is right on time.

Nov 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's no question the film, directed with careful attention not to offend by Mark Grentell, has its heart in the right place as the film bounces around the idea of accepting people of other lands into the community. If only the film was funnier.

Nov 4, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A by-the-numbers affair brightened up by palatable packaging and palpable passion - and with ample charm in its crowd-pleasing vibe and its cause.

Sep 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is the Full Monty for the Footy field.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The frustratingly inert direction of Mark Grentell... also smothers a lot of the goodwill you may wish to extend towards The Merger.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Australian comedies are always a dubious lot and this is no different, with few laughs, endless dinkum Ockerisms, a calculatedly crowd-pleasing edge and well-meaning messages that are virtually tackled to the ground and beaten senseless.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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