I’m not really good at writing reviews or recaps so I’m just going to post some pics of some key scenes and let everyone jump in with their comments and thoughts on the movie.
Jack is a city bloke who likes to pick up pretty girls and their dog but apparently doesn’t fit in right away with the local yocals. He needs to find money to help his sister stay in her rehab hospital so he stays up late at night, shirtless (probably pantsless too) and thinks of ways to get money.****OH OH I have an idea!!
Ok, so robbing the fish markets with fruit rollups and a lobster wasn’t my first idea. But whatev. A few tense moments on the way out of town when the cops want to search the truck. “Don’t encourage the pigs, you’ll never get rid of them.” Heh. Love Mumbles. Real. Love.
As Mumbles and Jack are working, Jack asks Mumbles about Brownie’s ex. Mumbles says, “Brownie once told me the thing about Trish is she’s an emotional manipulator and a great fuck….and that my friend is truly terrifying.” Then they are interrogated by the pigs, to which Jack says, “Aw mate, I was heads down working all day..” So off he goes to hang with the local boys again which only gets him another beating because he was watching Mumbles “six”. Anyway, Slug gets what’s coming to him. A swift kick in the junk! Sidebar: You hear that sound? That’s my panties squeeing every time Jack says ‘mate’.
Back at the docks, Ern has a heartattack and loses Jack’s package of money. (Shoulda looked when he asked nice, Ern. Karma’s a mean bitch.) Then we are treated to the first really good emo moment for Jack, worrying about his sister. Poor Jack, his sister practically raised him and now he’s trying to take care of her only to fail. :( He’s going to have to go with his back up plan. <–see what I did there?
To counteract Alex’s impressive emoting, we’re treated to Alex’s impressive….silhouette. “Wakey, wakey…hands off snakey!!” (one of my fave lines)
Back at home, Jack shows that McG is not the only one with great toe control. :) The next day upon returning home Jack finds Pearl who has just let herself in, which is easy when your home has no doors apparently and he proceeds to ask her about the awkward incident with her and Slug the other night. Jack calls him the “Resident pervert.” A witty exchange and then they are kissing in the sink and he gets a nosebleed. Random moment, anyone??? Jack is a true gentleman (despite the sink incident) and drives her home (that’s not a euphemism). She in turn does what we all want to do…she pets the gecko. Go PEARL!
Another excuse to get Jack in his skivvies comes in the form of a dog race in which Jack doesn’t realize HE has to swim with the dog. Unfortunately for him (and fortunately for US) Jack ends up fighting with the dog during the race instead of actually swimming it.
After the race Jack decides to look for his lost package again *hee* giving us the coolest view ever of the old T.S. After being the gentleman that he is by helping Trish with her goods (not a euphemism), she offers to tend to his boo boos. God bless her. BTW…her hand was totally brushing the FOY in that last pic. Smart bitch.
I love Jack’s modesty. Silly boys. Trish asks Jack what he’s thinking and he replies, “Why did you leave Brownie?” crash, bam, boom. That was the sound of her panties crashing. I don’t care what anyone says, IMO that was NOT the answer she was wanting. Look at her face! Look at his body! Nope. Damn Jack for being a gentleman. Ok, I love him for it really….
Jack sees Pearl flashing a lot of cash and starts to wonder if she’s the one who stole his money. He asks his friend Skip (a war vet) what he’d do if he found someone stealing from him. He says he’d steal something they loved. So his next bright idea is to steal the only thing of value she has. Smokey.
What Jack doesn’t know is that Smokey is the dog from hell that eats everything. Including the remote to telly. The problem with this is every time he farts, the channels change so it’s really hard to watch the footy game on TV. OH and it also doesn’t agree with him. Poor doggie. RIP Smokey
Jack finds out that Pearl didn’t steal his money so he buys her a new puppy that looks like Smokey. Pearl tells Jack that she hopes he stays because he “looks good here.” Flattery works every time on Jack (j/k) and they end up having a little afternoon delight on the docks. Splinters be damned! Then Jack asks Skippy if he’s ever been in love. Oh Jack.. you are so transparent. I love Jack’s response, “I suppose everyone needs a little drama in their life. Makes them feel alive.”
Brownie and Trish get back together and Brownie offers Jack a lease on a lot of oysters if he will take Mumbles with him. I love this scene so much. So very much. Everyone is so brilliant. Speaking of brilliance… then Jack comes upon Mumbles who is cutting up the money and putting it in the bathtub for decoration. This scene. THIS. SCENE!! Jack discovering Mumbles had the money, Mumbles telling him to be thankful that he found it and saved him from a life in jail, Mumbles admitting that he’s apparently got a past too. Alex’s faaace. His fucking face!! I could watch him and Jim Noth do this all day.
Mumbles gives Trish the tub and announces that Jack quit. Jack packs up and leaves to go with his sister but on the train ride out as he passes the houses and the oyster beds, he realizes he has to go back. He’d fallen in love. In love with Pearl, in love with the people, in love with the life. The boy who had grown up in foster homes and orphanages had finally found HOME.