THE MERGER (M)

TRIES HARD, BUT DOESN’T MAKE THE FI­NALS, AUS­TRALIA, 103 MIN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - HORO­SCOPES -

An Aus­tralian-made com­edy about an ail­ing coun­try Aussie rules team com­ing back from the dead af­ter re­cruit­ing refugees to fill an empty team. Its heart is proudly in the right place. But, when viewed purely as a com­edy that must amuse an au­di­ence for 100 min­utes, The Merger falls short. The script is over­writ­ten yet un­der­done when it comes to great lines or de­cent jokes.

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