Monday, October 17, 2011

Movie Mondays: Paperback Hero

Over the weekend, I was trawling through my ridiculous collection of DVDs looking for something to watch. You know how some women will look at the clothes crammed into their wardrobe and go "Ugh, I have NOTHING to wear!"? I'm like that with my DVD collection. 

ANYWAY. My point is this - I've decided that considering how many movies I watch, I really don't talk about them that much on the ol' blog. And I decided I was going to rectify that. So I hereby introduce a new weekly series - Movie Mondays!

If you follow me on Twitter, you would have seen me wibbling on about this first movie during last week and encouraging Gina to drop everything to watch it. 

I discovered Paperback Hero when I was home sick one day in year 12 (senior year, to the Americans among us!). It was the midday movie, and it must have been just after X-Men came out, because I was all "Hey, that's the dude who played Wolverine!" For those poor souls among you who are unfortunate enough to have not seen Paperback Hero, here's the gist of it. 

Jack (Hugh Jackman) is a roadtrain driver in the outback. In his spare time, he's been writing a romance novel. Except instead of writing it under his name, he wrote it under the name Ruby Vale - his best friend (Claudia Karvan), who has no idea what's going on. Then a publisher from Sydney turns up and tells Ruby she has to come to the big smoke for a publicity tour and book launch. Ruby's a crop duster pilot, and has no idea what the book's about, let alone how to do a publicity tour. So Jack goes along as her agent to coach her through it. Somewhere in there, the publisher woman finds out that Jack's the actual author, but agrees to not tell Ruby that she knows the truth.

After a few (dozen) drinks at the launch party, they end up playing pool in a pub, singing Roy Orbison at karaoke, and having a bit of a snog. The shit hits the fan when Ruby's fiancĂ©, Hamish, finds out that Jack's the one who wrote the book and comes to Sydney to find out what's what. 

I'm not going to give away the ending (there's a dog that causes a broken leg in there somewhere!), and instead just recommend that you get hold of a copy for yourselves. It may be predictable and cheesy and kind of stupid in places, but I adore it. 

How can you not love a movie that features Hugh Jackman singing Crying (actually, any movie that features Hugh Jackman singing full stop is okay by me! Bring on Les Miserables!!), a dog that likes Frank Sinatra, the use of a Walkman by the female lead, and quotes like this:

Drunk guy in pub: What are you going to sing? 
Ruby: It's a catchy little number called 'You're an arsehole when you drink'!

Caller to radio show: Your work reminds me of a young Daphne Du Maurier.
Ruby: Oh, is she from Sydney?
Jack: *face palm*

Ruby: I read Lady Chatterley's Lover when I was ten...
Jack: That must have been an eye opener.

So there you go. It may be a slightly crappy, low budget Australian movie, but it manages to be endearing at the same time!

Have any of you guys seen it? What did you think? 

K xx


  1. I haven't seen it! But IC's mum is always educating me on Australian movies - I'll have to give this one a go. I'm a big fan of anything Hugh does since Someone Like You...gooooood stuff.

  2. YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT. It's so awesomely ridiculous. (The whole thing is actually available on Youtube. Shhhhhhhh)


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