SPIN OUT (M) Booze, blues and the tyranny of utes Australia, 92 min
Dire, wit-free Australian comedy that seems to have confused celebrating the rural way of life with dozily caricaturing it. The opening scenes establish the principal setting as somewhere upcountry. Bogans and boganettes from all over the upcountryside have gathered for the year’s one big social occasion: the Bachelors & Spinsters Ball. As daytime turns to dusk, everyone pulls up at the shindig in a ute, and then execute some fairly tame circular burnouts. Those that do not have a ute gawp away at the spectacle with a tinny in their paw, and a woo-hoo sound frequently emitting from their mouth-holes. Cinematically speaking, it is as awe-inspiring a vista as an extreme closeup of a brick. Then it’s inside for the Ball, packed with retrograde yokels too stupid or too drunk to admit their true feelings for the local lasses. Only two thoughts can possibly enter the mind throughout this sad experience. How did this ever get made? And when will it ever end? Stars Xavier Samuel, Morgan Griffin.