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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Published March 3rd 2015
A visually pleasing film set in Sydney, Manny Lewis stars Carl Barron as the titular stand-up comedian, whose jokes start from the word go. The film also stars the familiar faces of Leeanna Walsman (Looking for Alibrandi and One Perfect Day), Roy Billing (Rabbit-Proof Fence) and Damien Garvey (Terra Nova) and is directed by Anthony Mir, who is known for You Can't Stop the Murders (2003) and The 50 Foot Show (1999).

Manny Lewis movie

If you're familiar with and a fan of Carl Barron's down to earth comedy, then this movie will put a smile on your face. A mix of emotions though, will take you on a journey as Manny in private is in the depths of loneliness. His manager convinces him to look for a girlfriend but Manny is hesitant. Turning to a safe option behind a phone, he calls Fantasy Hotline and talks to sexy-voiced Caroline before a chance meeting in a cafe with Maria. The ladies are one and the same person.

What follows is a secret kept whilst the relationship develops and the audience is taken on a path through the often awkwardness of dating and the effects of truths untold. We see a glimpse of Manny's past, the events that have shaped him, and his relationship with his father. I'm not going to give away anymore but ultimately it is about taking a chance with love.

This is Carl's first foray into acting and movies after four best selling DVDs and it is a film that encompasses funny, sad and feel-good moments. Very 'close to the bone', you wonder how much is Carl's life versus his character, Manny Lewis.

It has some slow moments at the beginning but the characters are likeable and engaging. See it for yourself if you like comedy and romance.

Rating: 3/5
Length: 90 minutes
Release date: 12th March
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Why? For romance and laughs
When: Check session times at cinemas
Where: Various cinemas. Check listings.
Cost: May vary with cinema
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