Totally kooky bizarre Aussie humour, highly recommended for weird night in!
Weird movie, populated by weirdos. It would be excusable if it were funny, but humour is seriously lacking.
Very quirky, Aussie comedy starring the brilliant Noah Taylor.. I enjoyed the first third - the Qld share house- best. The acting is great thoughout-watch for Sophie Lee in the Sydney scenes. She's great. Three and a half stars.
Have lived that life, and loved the film. Ignore the prententious reviews, and check it out. It's got a good cast, and a pretty decent soundtrack to boot. I rate it. One of the better Aussie films for a while.
I really wasn't sure what to expect with this film but I ended up loving it. Extremely quirkly, slyly funny,and uniquely Australian. If you like Aussie films then this is an absolute must-see.
Director Richard Lowenstein exploded on the OZ film making scene as something of an enfant terrible with cutting edge music videos for Hunters & Collectors et al. His big break was the Michael Hutchence vehicle, "Dogs in Space" which was strangely about a share house of youngish people on the edge of the drug scene. "He Died..." is the same film two decades on. What he does in "He Died..." was done better in "Dogs" and much, much funnier in the English classic, "Withnail & I". Okay, but just.
This is a great Aussie film. The story line was great and the cinematography was outstanding. I will be buying this one for my collection
A classic flick, beautifully written. Noah Taylor is sensational. The sound track is fabulous and worth seeking out (e.g. The Stranglers, Nick Cave). I loved the way the appearance of the film altered depending on location.
Hilarious social comedy, loosely adapted from John Birmingham's novel, Taylor is wonderful in one of his best roles to date. The film deals with Danny's house-sharing experiences in the 47th, 48th and 49th (!!) houses he's tried to live in. You know you're in for a treat when the 47th is razed by fire after an occult ceremony goes horribly wrong. It's quick-witted and often political, and the end product is a funny look at some horrific shared-house experiences (embellished slightly, we hope!), with a delightfully Mediterranean feel, that should have everyone who's ever lived in one in stitches.
I view this film as being influenced by the book rather than a biography, hence the main character not being called "John Birminham". This is a pretty good comedy about sharehouse living and will probably like it a lot more if you haven't read the book.
Quite an enjoyable little quirky Aussie movie. Strictly for those who enjoy arthouse/indi films though. For those who have ever shared houses, you will probably relate to some of this movie.
Very funny, very sad - very good! Truly original film, fantastic adaptation of a great book.
Great reflection on share house living.
Very different,but very enjoyable
This type of quirky humour is almost unique to Australian films. If you enjoy this genre then this film is for you.
Sweet and sour story about young people struggling to find themselves in a setting of house sharing, chaotic relationships, problems with money, landlords, drugs,the police and the like.
The story is not attractive. Although it is a comedy, I don't find it funny.
I'm sorry to say but the book was better quickflix dudes, the movie took itself a little bit too seriously. The needed to flesh out the characters a bit more. They instantly came across as a bit annoying, rather than amusingly strange. The book draws it humour so many different settings. Although I love Noah, he is just cool. Damn cool Suitably dark eyed and mysterous.
Quite disappointing. Some funny characters and funny scenes, but far too sketchy, which makes the whole thing boring and nearly painful. But YOU might like it!
this film just can't seem to work out whether it is a comedic romp or some sort of philosophical treatise on 21st century ennui. yawn yawn yawn.
One of the few movies I couldn't even watch to the end. Very slow, not nearly as funny as the book, in fact not funny at all. Film captures nothing of the book. Only appeal is seeing a few of the characters that have appeared in Secret Life of Us in different roles.
Eh, it was OK. If you lived the life you may get more out of it than I did.