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Written By Hillary Block
If you haven’t heard the news Pork Pie is now available on iTunes, as someone who followed much of the making of the film I was excited to finally get my hands on a (digital) copy.
Now I’ve always had a love of how movies describe themselves mostly because I can’t sell a movie in a few sentences. Though what iTunes has to say about Pork Pie on the surface is all true and is exactly what you get, what this lovely package doesn’t tell you is this movie is so much more. I can tell you without a doubt I laughed, cried and cheered while watching Pork Pie. I also now have daydreams of my own road trip.
Pork Pie, at the center, is a love story: Jon finds himself stranded on the side of the road while trying to win back his girl Susie. Ending up being picked up by Luke (and his stolen yellow Mini) and taken on a cross country road trip of self discovery and a few misdemeanors. Though calling it a love story is strange. More of a romantic comedy that hits harder on the comedy then romance.
Now I was first drawn to the film because of Tom Hern who produced. Let’s face it, Tribe Cast has a movie out, I tend to watch it. I was really excited to see him pairing up again with James Rolleston who plays Luke. So that instantly sold me on a movie.
I later came to find Antonia Prebble is in the film as Susie. (Full disclosure, when I sat down to watch Pork Pie, I informed some friends and Tribe fans, they all wanted me to set a timer to figure out Antonia’s screen time. It was more then I was expecting, but I didn’t time it out. She’s not the main focus and we get her story from the people around her and I was okay with that.)
While on the subject of actors, while James Rolleston sold me on the film, I absolutely fell in love with Dean O’Gorman who plays Jon, oddly enough he plays Fili in the Hobbit. It was great casting and the banter between him and Rolleston was ace. Adding Ashleigh Cummings (Kira) to the trio made for a great cast which added to the comedy of the film. Another little fun fact, Charley Murphy Samau – The Tribe’s Charlie – makes a blink and you miss it role as a Subaru Driver. (Thanks IMDB!)
All and all, Pork Pie, was a great ride I was hesitant at first because of it being a remake of a kiwi classic Good Bye Pork Pie, so says the internet. I can’t compare it though because I haven’t been able to track down the original. But I keep drawing comparisons to my other favorite film with a mini The Italian Job (the remake) – if you liked that check out Pork Pie, it’s got the same sort of feel between the action and the banter. It’s got a little something for everyone.