Show of Hands

Show of Hands

Poster for Show of Hands

No doubt looking to emulate the success of homegrown hit Second Hand Wedding is this comedy-drama about a bunch of people who enter an endurance contest to win a car - whoever keeps their hands on it the longest wins. Billed as a 'tale of desperation, determination, and love', Show Of Hands pits these Kiwi characters against each other and tests which inner motivation will prove the stronger. Stars Kiwi great Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures, Coyote Ugly) and Craig Hall (TV's Outrageous Fortune), with music by Don McGlashan.

2008Rating: M, Sex scenes & offensive language90 minsNew Zealand

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Show of Hands | Reviews

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

The question on my mind before seeing this film was not whether or not its characters could withstand an endurance competition to win a car, but whether a feature-length film about such a topic could sustain my interest. Ninety minutes later, the answer is yes, but only just.

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Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

Melanie Lynskey, probably our best actress and certainly one of the most appealing, plays Jess, a really, really nice and decent New Plymouth single mother and parking warden with the cutest freckles.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

McCarten's smart plotting maintains the tension well (there is a clever twist at the climax) and the performances - in particular Lovatt's as the sleazy car dealer whose idea the whole thing is - are good. It's a matter of debate, though, whether the characters are interesting enough for the length of a feature.

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Newshub

Newshub

There is plenty to like about this film, and while it does tend towards talking itself a little too seriously at the end, the story is an engaging one.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

But the real genius behind this film is ... well maybe it's us and whatever our national character might be. Because whatever it is, films such as Show of Hands are beginning to distil it and get it up on the screen. This is a cracker little film. Do go.

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Show of Hands | Release Details

Show of Hands is available to stream in New Zealand now on NZ Film On Demand and Academy On Demand.