THE MERGER (M)
TRIES HARD, BUT DOESN’T MAKE THE FINALS, AUSTRALIA, 103 MIN
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.