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Jump, Darling

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2020
  • Phil Connell
  • 90 mins

Summary

A rookie drag queen, reeling from a break-up, escapes to the country, where he finds his grandmother in steep decline yet desperate to avoid the local nursing home.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

"You look like you've been hit with a shovel," says Cloris Leachman's elderly grandmother, as she dispenses tough love to her visiting grandson in this drama. A restless spirit in search of purpose, 30-something Russell (Thomas Duplessie) uses her home to hide from his problems, including a reliance on alcohol, a relationship gone sour, and his conflicted feelings about becoming a drag artist. Luckily, Grandma is on-hand with needle-sharp insight that could help him achieve his dreams. In her final screen appearance, Leachman is magnificent, delivering caustic one-liners and time-worn wisdom with aplomb. Though his film echoes the equally cross-generational Harold and Maud, director Phil Connell has more in common with queer film-makers John Cameron Mitchell and Xavier Dolan, preferring to focus on lustful encounters and engaging, rough-and-ready musical numbers. It's a big melting pot that, like Russell himself, frequently loses focus. But, in its moments of clarity, Jump, Darling soars.

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Credits

Cast

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MargaretCloris Leachman
Russell "Fishy Falters"Thomas Duplessie
EneLinda Kash
JeanneJayne Eastwood
LucaDaniel Jun (2)
JustinAndrew Bushell
HannahKate Messina

Crew

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DirectorPhil Connell

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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