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by Katherine Thomas (subscribe)
Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published February 24th 2013

Save Your Legs is an endearing comedy about friendship and adventure that spans two countries based on the experiences of the director; whose personal touch ensures that the film retains its authenticity and humour.

The plot follows a small park cricket team who travel to India playing for Australia, after borrowing players from the local nets to pose as an A-Grade team. The ruse is led and organised by Ted; the lead character played by one of Australia's favourite cinema stars Stephen Curry, as he believes that one of the boys; Stav, is committing the sin of 'playing golf and hiding it from us'. In order to keep things as they were, they need to 're-ignite the passion'; and a trivia night just won't cut it. Once in India; the impacts of heat, irritable bowels and Bollywood beauties must be surpassed to attain and then retain glory for all.

The film moves quickly and the emphasis is more on thematic exploration of mateship, romance and growing pains rather than the love of cricket; which allows it a wider audience than if it were an homage to the sport. Cricket is used as a vehicle to transport the group of friends and allow them to enjoy new experiences. Landscapes of India are spliced together allowing the viewer immersion in the trip; effectively the viewer feels almost as if they are part of the team and enjoying the same adventure along with the characters.

Some of the most poignant moments in the film centre around different members of the team playing in the streets with local children. These scenes subtly illustrate how cultural divides can be broken down through common interest; namely being passion for the sport. These scenes are also show stark contrasts between India and Australia; littered streets and desolate dry fields juxtaposed with green fields that the team play on back in Australia. Further comparison is then shown with the transition to the riches of India with lavish hotels and manicured cricket lawns. The locations demonstrating varying levels of poverty prevent the film from a stereotypical portrayal of India. Instead of a focus on poverty and class, India is presented with respect to the local passion for life which demonstrates to all to value what you have in life and find joy in your interactions with others.

Regardless of your level of interest in cricket (of which mine is low) you are sure to enjoy this high-spirited film which maintains the laughter throughout without turning to parody. Men and women, adults and children, cricket lovers and those who don't there's something for everyone in Save your Legs.

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Where: Selected cinemas
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