Parents' Guide to

Swinging Safari

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Chaotic, '70s-set coming-of-age tale has tons of iffy stuff.

Movie R 2019 97 minutes
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This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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Set in a tacky, suntan oil-smeared version of Australia, this dramedy seems to embrace cheerful pandemonium, but it has a serious side that negates it, making it all feel wasteful and unappealing. As soon as stars like Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, and Radha Mitchell appear, looking greasy and burned out, it becomes apparent that Swinging Safari is going to wrap itself up in the most hideous things the '70s had to offer, including muttonchops, cheesy mustaches, bell bottoms, feathered hair, sunken living rooms, fondue, and water beds. Paced like a gaudy hurricane, Swinging Safari might have been loose, raucous fun -- perhaps a little like writer/director Stephan Elliott's earlier hit The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert -- but there's very little to actually like here.

The mismatch occurs through the coming-of-age part of the story, in which everything is seen through the eyes of the young filmmaker. Jeff is a creaky old cliché, observing everything and waiting, and it doesn't really work in this context. He frowns, slightly, on all the proceedings, so that even his own ridiculously gory films don't have the carefree, absurd quality they could have. The entire movie just feels like the lives of several characters going depressingly off the rails and heading into a hopeless future. Swinging Safari invites us to laugh, but it's all just a little too grim for that to be an option.

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