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Di­rec­tor: Stephan El­liott ( Priscilla, Queen

of the Desert ) Stars: Xavier Sa­muel, Jonathan Big­gins, Laura Brent, Olivia New­ton- John, Tim Draxl, Kris Mar­shall, Kevin Bishop

RSVP in the neg­a­tive

AUS­TRALIAN di­rec­tor Stephan El­liott is not the type of film­maker who will die won­der­ing.

How­ever, au­di­ences who have en­dured his en­tire er­ratic out­put will be sure to cark it in a state of per­pet­ual con­fu­sion.

His­tory will write off El­liott as a one- hit won­der on the strength of Priscilla, and for­get about all the other ma­jor car crashes and mi­nor bingles sus­tained en route ( Wel­come to Woop Woop, any­one?).

This brings us to A Few Best Men, a sick and sorry com­edy of nup­tial er­rors. The set- up is sim­ple enough at best. The ex­e­cu­tion is sim­ple minded at worst.

Bri­tish bach­e­lor David ( Xavier Sa­muel) is about to marry the Aussie girl of his dreams, Mia ( Laura Brent). He and his lad­dish mates land Down Un­der just in time for the wed­ding cer­e­mony, which will tran­spire at the swish moun­tain homestead of the bride’s fam­ily.

Mia’s dad ( Jonathan Big­gins) is a high- rank­ing, can­tan­ker­ous politi­cian, in­or­di­nately fond of his prize pet sheep and not so fond of his tro­phy wife ( Olivia New­ton- John).

The cer­e­mo­nial calami­ties that fol­low are mucky, mad­cap and pre­dictable, of­ten all at once.

Il­licit sub­stances be­long­ing to a drug dealer on a neigh­bour­ing prop­erty find their way into the guts of the prize sheep. Said drugs must then be re­trieved, via the baaing one’s bot­tom, be­fore it over­doses.

Mean­while, New­ton- John snorts more than her fair share of co­caine and be­haves in a most un- Livvy- like fash­ion.

Peo­ple keep walk­ing into rooms to be greeted with the line ‘‘ this isn’t what it looks like’’.

Em­bar­rass­ing speeches, sud­den tantrums, drawn- out mis­un­der­stand­ings and crass one- lin­ers abound.

Tonally, A Few Best Men keeps abruptly switch­ing from please- all to quease- all, and never quite gets the hang of ei­ther. The end re­sult is as funny as be­ing trapped in a lift on a public hol­i­day.

Per­for­mances are a bust across the board but it may not re­ally be the fault of the cast mem­bers, who have clearly been ( mis) led down the gar­den path by El­liott.

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