Predicament

Predicament

Predicament

A crime comedy set in 1930s small town New Zealand about a naive teen who conspires with two misfits to photograph and blackmail wealthy, adulterous couples. Stars Flight of the Conchord's Jemaine Clement as the creepy Spook, The Lovely Bones' Rose McIver as the lusted-after Maybelle, portly Australian comedian Heath Franklin, Wellington theatre actor Hayden Frost and musician Tim Finn.

Shot in the ‘Naki, this is the only remaining unfilmed novel by late Hawera author Ronald Hugh Morrieson (Came a Hot Friday). Director Jason Stutter has had a long collaboration with Clement, from his debut feature Tongan Ninja through to 2009's Diagnosis: Death.

Winner of Best Cinematography, Best Original Music, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up Design and Best Visual Effects at the NZ Film & Television Awards 2011.
2010Rating: M, contains violence & offensive language98 minsNew Zealand
Comedy
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Reviews & comments

Where's the flicks review?

Another major disaster for the current film commission funding system... but what interests me here is, why aren't you guys fronting up with a review? Kiwi toes too sensitive for your heavy tread, you reckon? It's a pretty glaring omission, given some of the minor fare you're deemed review-worthy lately. Local films deserve the same scrutiny as everyone...

2.0
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major bomb

Saw this last night, an it was awful. Clement has his moments, but overall I just found it weird. No doubt this will be a major flop, and more than likely end Stutter's career, which is a shame because i do think he's talented, or maybe I was just dazzled with the terrific camera work and art direction - which was truly world class. Shame about the script -...

1.0
0

Loved it!

I went with my sister last night. It was awsome. We loved Jemaine, he's real funny. Not what you expect for a kiwi film. Awsome!

5.0
0

Has its merits

Overall not bad. Shot well with nice art direction and costume. The biggest let down was casting, in particular Heath Franklin who while I'm sure is a capable actor didn't seem to fill the shoes of the lines he delivers in the film. I wanted someone bigger in personality and considering his character is on screen 80% of the film a wiser choice should have...

3.0
0

Great Black Comedy

Awesome NZ film. Plenty of laugh out loud moments, and heard the cinema snigger a few times too. Didnt quite like the main characters portrayal, just something about him. But then it is the 1930s i guess.. 'Jemaine' was excellent of course. Worth watching. Lets all support the NZ film industry!! Thanks for the tickets!

4.0
0

Good kiwi black comedy

Not sure if it was suppose to be a classic kiwi black comedy but thats what I got from it great movie and would appeal to anyome who likes the classic kiwi black comedy. Not sure how the TVNZ Good morning movie reviewer could only rate it 3 stars hmm

4.0
0

What a delightful surprise!

I went in with a relativly low expectation to be honest, but I like to at least support kiwi films, but this was a gem! I throughly enjoyed every minute of this film. Dark at times and funny at times this rollercoaster ride hits all the marks and was a load of fun.

5.0
0

Glad I didn't pay

went to the review with many of the above people didn't laugh 1 bit but I heard plenty of other people doing so

1.0
0

A Surprisingly Good Film

Wow - I don't understand the bad reviews here. I went along with fairly low expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. This is a really original film and sooooo much funnier than I was expecting. I got really caught up in the story and laughed the whole way through. I enjoyed watching something that isn't the usual American dross but it wasn't...

5.0
0

My review

Saw the advanced screening with Flicks last night in Wgth (thanks Flicks!) and really enjoyed it.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Tepid fourth adaptation of much-filmed local yarn-spinner

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Predicament is set in a small South Taranaki town in the 1930s. The place might not be exactly author Ronald Hugh Morrieson's native Hawera, but it was probably close enough to enrage more than a few locals.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This is turning out to be quite a good year for New Zealand films. After the phenomenal local success of Boy, here we have another Kiwi movie well worth watching and next month will see the release of The Insatiable Moon.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Tepid fourth adaptation of much-filmed local yarn-spinner

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Predicament is set in a small South Taranaki town in the 1930s. The place might not be exactly author Ronald Hugh Morrieson's native Hawera, but it was probably close enough to enrage more than a few locals.

0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This is turning out to be quite a good year for New Zealand films. After the phenomenal local success of Boy, here we have another Kiwi movie well worth watching and next month will see the release of The Insatiable Moon.

0

Where's the flicks review?

Another major disaster for the current film commission funding system... but what interests me here is, why aren't you guys fronting up with a review? Kiwi toes too sensitive for your heavy tread, you reckon? It's a pretty glaring omission, given some of the minor fare you're deemed review-worthy lately. Local films deserve the same scrutiny as everyone...

2.0
0

major bomb

Saw this last night, an it was awful. Clement has his moments, but overall I just found it weird. No doubt this will be a major flop, and more than likely end Stutter's career, which is a shame because i do think he's talented, or maybe I was just dazzled with the terrific camera work and art direction - which was truly world class. Shame about the script...

1.0
0

Loved it!

I went with my sister last night. It was awsome. We loved Jemaine, he's real funny. Not what you expect for a kiwi film. Awsome!

5.0
0

Has its merits

Overall not bad. Shot well with nice art direction and costume. The biggest let down was casting, in particular Heath Franklin who while I'm sure is a capable actor didn't seem to fill the shoes of the lines he delivers in the film. I wanted someone bigger in personality and considering his character is on screen 80% of the film a wiser choice should have...

3.0
0

Great Black Comedy

Awesome NZ film. Plenty of laugh out loud moments, and heard the cinema snigger a few times too. Didnt quite like the main characters portrayal, just something about him. But then it is the 1930s i guess.. 'Jemaine' was excellent of course. Worth watching. Lets all support the NZ film industry!! Thanks for the tickets!

4.0
0

Good kiwi black comedy

Not sure if it was suppose to be a classic kiwi black comedy but thats what I got from it great movie and would appeal to anyome who likes the classic kiwi black comedy. Not sure how the TVNZ Good morning movie reviewer could only rate it 3 stars hmm

4.0
0

What a delightful surprise!

I went in with a relativly low expectation to be honest, but I like to at least support kiwi films, but this was a gem! I throughly enjoyed every minute of this film. Dark at times and funny at times this rollercoaster ride hits all the marks and was a load of fun.

5.0
0

Glad I didn't pay

went to the review with many of the above people didn't laugh 1 bit but I heard plenty of other people doing so

1.0
0

A Surprisingly Good Film

Wow - I don't understand the bad reviews here. I went along with fairly low expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. This is a really original film and sooooo much funnier than I was expecting. I got really caught up in the story and laughed the whole way through. I enjoyed watching something that isn't the usual American dross but it wasn't...

5.0
0

My review

Saw the advanced screening with Flicks last night in Wgth (thanks Flicks!) and really enjoyed it.

4.0
0