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 fiancé, 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?