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Wah Do Dem DVD

Ben Chace, Sam Fleischner, 2009

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Directed by Ben Chace, Sam Fleischner

Produced in 2009

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - American film

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Young Brooklynite Max finds adventure on a Jamaican cruise in this US mumblecore contender. Ben Chace and Sam Fleischner’s feature debut relaxes Mike McCahill with its breezy, winning charm.

Ben Chace and Sam Fleischner’s feature debut boasts a terrible title, but a breezy, winning charm. Young Brooklynite Max (Sean Bones, engagingly gawky) splits up with his girlfriend days before the Jamaican cruise they were scheduled to go on; with his friends busy, he elects to go it alone, making several new acquaintances while sampling the onboard buffet. Upon arrival at the island, however, our boy’s lackadaisical approach to personal security results in matters taking a nightmarish turn; soon, there's more adventure than anyone first expected.

Lumped in with the low-budget mumblecore movement, Wah Do Dem proves better looking than that would suggest, stretching to a Norah Jones cameo and bright island colours, and the filmmakers are even critical of their self-absorbed protagonist; The Harder They Come's Carl Bradshaw enters at a crucial juncture as a mystic leading this errant knight back to the path of righteousness. Playing out to an ultra-hip soundtrack, it’s a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed celebration of lived experience: unlike a lot of mumblecore, it goes somewhere.

Mike McCahill on 27th September 2010
Author of 355 reviews

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Film Description

When young Brooklyn musician Max (Sean Bones) is dumped by his girlfriend Willow (Norah Jones) two days before they are due to go on a Caribbean cruise to Jamaica, he opts to go on the trip alone. Once there, he shuns the safety of the tourist area for more authentic surroundings and is soon robbed of his possessions and clothes. Finding himself stranded on the island with no passport, Max sets out on foot to the American Embassy in Kingston, meeting a range of extraordinary characters along the way.

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: Network Releasing

Length: 76 mins

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 8th November 2010

Cat No: 7953471

DVD Extras

  • Concert footage of the Congos
  • Scouting Jamaica video
  • Suckers music video
  • Deleted Scene
  • Short Film: Big Boat Ride
  • Video of Sean and Norah playing Turn Them.

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