A fading entertainer (Brenda Blethyn) becomes jealous of her son's (Khan Chittenden) blooming relationship with his first lover (Emma Booth).
" [The film] likes these people and these kooky scenarios too much to detach itself enough to simply observe them. And it doesn't understand them well enough to convince us they make sense. "
" Blethyn creates sympathy for a manipulative, prickly character who's struggling to redefine her roles onstage and off. Director Cherie Nowlan steers the comedy to a feel-good ending. "
" Blethyn, Chittenden and Wilson create a believable and ultimately endearing family; a trio of dreamers, big and small. "
" Introducing the Dwights is funny and poignant, with a tour-de-force performance by British actress Brenda Blethyn. "
" It gives us a few interesting characters and allows us to follow them through a critical phase of change and growth. It does what all good coming of age movies do, and that makes it a worthy and welcome entry into the genre. "
" It's time we all met the Dwights. "
" Keith Thompson's screenplay is clever and ensures that every character is well-rounded and recognizably human. "
" One of those quirky Australian comedies that's almost as charming and sharp as it thinks it is. "
" The broader characterizations may be off, but [director] Nowlan observes other small details with sensitive precision. "
" The supporting players are amiable, and while the family's multiple dysfunctions verge on cartoonishness, the actors keep their characters relatively realistic. "
" There's nothing lovely, however, about the movie's bombastic ending, but there are enough small moments until then to make this mixed-up experience vaguely worthwhile. "
" This film avoids the predictable. Director Cherie Nowlan shows a deft hand, taking us right into the anger and pain of a single mother confronting disappointment and loss even as she's delivering her zingers. "
" Ultimately this wondrous film is about letting go -- of old wardrobes, bad jokes, unrealistic dreams and of children and parental ties. You leave glad to have met the Dwights and applauding their adaptability, if not Mom's jokes. "
" [Director] Nowlan has no problem pouring on the syrup. "
" A throw-your-hands-up, head-shaking disappointment. "
" Some offbeat humor shines through the clouds of this glum domestic drama, especially when fun friends shift the focus from Jean's grating histrionics. But it never lasts long. "
" Sometimes Brenda Blethyn is content merely to nibble the scenery. In Introducing the Dwights, a drippy Australian family comedy caper, she chomps it to a pulp until we long for her straightforward monstrosity as a mother in Little Voice. "
" The script's attempt to splice together a fumbling love story with a portrait of toxic personality disorder feels incongruous, like a serving of porridge flambe au whisky. "
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