Not Suitable for Children

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"He never wanted to have kids until life kicked him where it counts"
  • R
  • 2012
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 5.8  (5,297)

Not Suitable for Children is an Australian romantic-comedy movie released in 2012. The movie is directed by Peter Templeman, with a screenplay written by Michael Lucas. The movie tells the story of Jonah (Ryan Kwanten), who is a young man living a carefree life running a party house with his two best friends, Stevie (Sarah Snook) and Gus (Ryan Corr). Jonah loves his life but discovers he has testicular cancer, and he needs to undergo surgery that will leave him infertile. This news leads him on a quest to search for a woman to have a baby with before his operation.

Jonah's discovery of his condition and desire for a child is a wakeup call for him. He starts to realize that his party lifestyle is not fulfilling, and he needs something more in life. He begins to look towards the future and wants to leave a legacy behind. Jonah confides in Stevie and Gus, who are supportive of his decision but advise him to be careful with his choices.

Jonah's search for a potential mom for his child leads him to a variety of women. Some women do not want to have children, while others are trying to, but they come with their own issues or problems that make them unsuitable candidates. Jonah's encounters with these women are mostly awkward or humorous, leading to some funny and touching moments.

As the days count down to his surgery, Jonah becomes more desperate, and in his rush to find a mother for his child, he neglects his responsibilities towards his friends, who he had promised to help sell their house after the owner's death. He tries to juggle his search for a mother with real-life responsibilities, which create tension between him and Stevie.

In the end, Jonah realizes that the best mother for his child is the one who has been with him all along, his best friend Stevie. His realization is a turning point in his life, leading to self-discovery and maturation. The movie ends on an optimistic note, with Jonah and Stevie committing to raise the child together, setting the stage for a heartwarming conclusion.

The lead actors in the movie, Ryan Kwanten, Sarah Snook, and Ryan Corr, deliver convincing performances. Kwanten's portrayal of Jonah portrays depth and nuance, as he is forced to confront his own mortality and the transience of his lifestyle. Snook plays Stevie, Jonah's best friend, who supports him through his journey while also dealing with her own emotional struggles. Corr is Gus, the third member of the party house trio, who lightens up the mood with his humor and charisma.

The movie is well written, with a well-crafted script that balances humor and emotion effectively. It avoids the common trope of sentimentalism that many romantic comedies fall into. Instead, it is more realistic and grounded, tackling human emotions and relationships in a way that is relatable.

The cinematography of Not Suitable for Children is also commendable, with filming taking place in the inner-city suburbs of Sydney. The camera captures the dynamic nightlife, creating an immersive experience for the viewer. The movie's soundtrack features music from various Australian bands, adding to its indie feel.

In conclusion, Not Suitable for Children deals with serious life issues in a humorous manner, making it an enjoyable experience. It is a heartwarming story about growing up, facing one's fears, and finding love in unexpected places. The movie is recommended for anyone who enjoyed romantic comedies like Knocked Up and Juno. It is an excellent example of Australian cinema, displaying relatable storylines, distinctive sense of humor, and well-crafted film making.

Not Suitable for Children is a 2012 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8.

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    5.8  (5,297)