are generally a hit and miss affair and unfortunately for Strange
Bedfellows, it nicely sits in the miss category which makes it
a crying shame considering the two aussie stars in it. The story
revolves around two straight middle aged men who create an elaborate
hoax to make the tax department believe that they are actually in a same
sex relationship in order to save money.
Paul Hogan and Michael Caton and you would probably think that this
comedy would be a rip roaring time but unfortunately the gags are
clichéd, the story is slow and characterisation is sorely lacking any
substance. Caton plays the Ralph Williams, the straight (as in comedy)
man for Paul Hogan’s Vince Hopgood who is he clichéd country farmer and
is recently divorced.
their lie more credible, both begin to change the way the small country
town of Yackandandah interprets them and eventually… except the tax man
believe that they are both gay… even though Ralph has a child of his
own. They even go King Cross in Sydney in order to visit the gay
nightlife to teach them how to be gay and eventually they start acting
like an old married couple as they argue about everything. Sounds funny?
Sometimes. There are a few moments in Strange Bedfellows but the
majority of the time, you’ll be cringing in your seat from the overtly
blatant gay references.
quality is quite acceptable with its almost country Australian palette
as everything looks a little washed out but it actually suits the
country aspect of the story well. The audio is nothing spectacular and
don’t expect to be blown out of the water but the dialogue is crisp and
clear. Special features? Zippo!
conclusion, Strange Bedfellows would have probably been a hit in the
1980’s but as a modern comedy, it lacks that true atmosphere and
unfortunately ends up being a barrel of clichés and ridiculous
scenarios. Then you have both Caton and Hogan acting quite over the top
as they attempt to homosexualise their characters which proved that the
movie world has gone far beyond these cheap tricks.