Spin Out (a J!-ENT DVD Review)
January 29, 2017 by Dennis Amith
Tim Ferguson and Marc Gracie’s “Spin Out” is a decent romantic comedy from Australia. A story hindered by too many characters and lack of character development, “Spin Out” is a film that may amuse a few.
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DVD TITLE: Spin Out
FILM YEAR: 2016
DURATION: 92 Minutes
DVD INFORMATION: 2:40:1 Widescreen, English and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French
COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
RATED: R (Language Including Sexual References)
AVAILABLE ON: February 7, 2017
Directed by Tim Ferguson, Marc Gracie
Written by Edwina Exton, Tim Ferguson
Produced by Marc Gracie, David Redman
Executive Produced by Phil Hunt, Bryce Menzies, Compton Ross
Associate Producer: Edwina Exton
Music by Jon Hume
Cinematography by Justin Brickle
Edited by Ken Sallows
Casting by Thea McLeod
Production Design by Ralph Moser
Art Direction by Blossom Flint
Costume Design by Aphrodite Kondos
Xavier Samuel as Billy
Morgan Griffin as Lucy
Lincoln Lewis as Nic
Travis Jeffery as Sparrow McGee
Tessa James as Kimba
Melissa Bergland as Mary
Lisa Kowalski as Shazza
PiaGrace Moon as Taylah
Christie Whelan as Sasha
Brendan Bacon as JJ
Thomas Blackburne as Rooter
Dorje Swallow as Podge
Brooke McClymont as Michelle
Damian Hill as Spike
Chris Fortuna as Boof
Aileen Huynh as Merline
Billy and Lucy have grown up together in a small, close-knit country town, where they form one of the town’s most formidable off-road driving teams. When Billy takes one risky car stunt too far, Lucy declares she is moving to the city – sending Billy into a spin. Amid the mayhem of the town’s annual block party, Billy only has one night to wake up to his true feelings for his best friend – or lose her forever.
From actor/filmmaker Tim Ferguson (“DAAS Kapital”, “Funky Squad”, “Shock Jock”) and Marc Gracie (“Totally Full Frontal”, “The Tumbler”, “You and Your Stupid Mate”) comes their Australian romantic comedy “Spin Out”.
Written by Edwina Exton and Tim Ferguson, the film stars Xavier Samuel (“Fury”, “Love & Friendship”, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”), Morgan Griffin (“San Andreas”, “The Sleepover Club”), Lincoln Lewis (“After Earth”, “Home and Away”), Travis Jeffery (“Gallipoli”, “Wolf Creek”), Tessa Jams (“Home and Away”, “We Were Tomorrow”), Melissa Bergland (“Winners & Losers”, “Relative Happiness”), Lisa Kowalski (“The Black Balloon”, “Blinder”) and PiaGrace Moon.
“Spin Out” revolves around two best friends who grew up with each other, Billy (portrayed by Xavier Samuels) and Lucy (portrayed by Morgan Griffin) who live in a small town in Australia.
Billy has always looked at Lucy as like a “Bro” and they are heavily involved with the town’s Ute driving competitions.
But now Lucy feels that she wants to do something with her life and leave the small town, so she wants to move to the city.
And her plans are made clear after Billy pulls off a risky car stunt that sends him into a spin and really upsets Lucy for him making another rash decision that could have gotten him killed.
Not understanding why she is upset, it is quite obvious to everyone else that Lucy has always liked Billy, he just doesn’t get it.
Billy and his friends attend the annual “Bachelors and Spinsters” party. While Billy’s buddy Sparrow McGee tries to go out with tough girl Mary (portrayed by Melissa Bergland), who also wants to leave town to become a wrestler. You also have a story about the wealthy sister and her brother visit the small town to attend the party because she wants to hook up with a guy from a smaller town and get away from the type of guys she has dated in the city. And also, a singer who is pregnant but afraid to tell her current boyfriend, the baby is not his.
As many of Billy’s friends are facing life changing decisions, now that they are getting older, life after the annual “Bachelors and Spinsters” party will change the direction of their lives forever.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
“Spin Out” is presented in 2:40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and English and French 5.1 Dolby Digital. Picture quality is good, as one can expect on DVD and with most of the film shot outdoors, picture quality is good. Dialogue and music is clear and understandable.
Subtitles are in English, English SDH and French.
“Spin Out” comes with no special features.
Tim Ferguson, the Australian actor turned filmmaker is known for his “DAAS” years and having written and directed a few TV series and films, he is back with a romantic comedy “Spin Out”.
An Australian romantic comedy that feels like a nod to ’80s teen romantic comedies without the sex, “Spin Out” is a film about two people living in a small, close knit-town and are heavily involved in Ute off-road driving competitions.
Billy and Lucy grew up with each other, are best buds but of course, as they get older, Lucy who has always loved Billy doesn’t receive the same kind of love as Billy looks at Lucy as just one of the guys.
But when she makes the decision to grow up and move to the city, this leaves Billy feeling a little bit lost because he never imagined growing up and becoming responsible. While his friends are in the same position and are contemplating joining the military or wanting a relationship.
The weakness for “Spin Out” is that it tries to incorporate way too many characters for its own good. Characters that you don’t really get into.
Unlike a large cast in a romantic comedy such as the original “American Pie” which focuses on a group of teens wanting to do something with their lives, get laid and have sex, at least there is a focus on character development. With “Spin Out”, while the protagonists are taken care of, aside from Billy’s shy friend Sparrow wanting to hook up with resident tough girl Mary, everyone else are just there with their own share of issues.
Execution is what’s lacking and the film tries to incorporate stories such as a wealthy sister and brother trying to check out how life is on the other side and hook up at the annual party, two buffoons who start to realize they may fancy each other and other situations that just don’t seem to work.
A little surprise that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment decided to release this film on DVD, as there are a lot of other Australian films that are far more deserving and never receive recognition here in the U.S.
As for the DVD, picture quality and audio are good. No special features, so this is a barebones DVD release.
Overall, Tim Ferguson and Marc Gracie’s “Spin Out” is a decent romantic comedy from Australia. A story hindered by too many characters and lack of character development, “Spin Out” is a film that may amuse a few.
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