Alex & Eve

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A mismatch made in heaven.

Australian culture-clash rom-com following Alex, a Greek Orthodox schoolteacher, who falls for Lebanese Muslim lawyer, Eve. The relationship is forbidden by both families... Based on the hit play by Alex Lykos.

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Comedy, Romance

87mins

Rating: M Mature themes, coarse language and sexual references

Australia

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In the rapidly growing sub-oeuvre of Australian Suburban Culture Clash Rom-Coms, hot on the heels of UnIndian which explored the complexities of a relationship between an Indian-Australian and a Brett Lee Australian, comes Alex & Eve, zeroing in on a Greek-Australian and a Lebanese-Australian.

Alex (Richard Brancatisano) is a high school teacher (perhaps he studied with Will, the teacher played by Lee in UnIndian?) who meet-cutes Eve, after just enough screen time to establish he never, ever, ever, never wants to get married. Andrea Demetriades steals the film as Eve, already dealing with enough generational conflict as a successful corporate lawyer by day who has to play dutiful daughter to her Lebanese Muslim parents by night.

Developed and sharpened through a cult-followed, nation-touring theatre comedy experience, this has been sharpened into a crazy, brutally funny and big-hearted romp that is light (but surgically accurate) on the dramatic cultural tension and heavy on every joke, gag and laugh at cultural hang-ups available.

Which is not to say there aren’t problems. Audiences may find themselves rapidly yearning for a bit of Brett as they face the one-dimensional portrayal of token very white Australian that is Millie Samuels’ Claire, a character that too often mistakes naivety and inanity. This is a forgivable foible, though in the context of a story is willfully over the top.

Less certifiable is an ending that wimps out on both its culture-clash ethos and the rom-com genre in which it operates. Without delving into spoilers, what should have been a baklava- and olive-scattering bang is delivered with more of a if-we-rush-this-they-won’t-notice whimper.

The tragedy is that this one sin marks the exit for Alex & Eve, as though they took too much inspiration from their Biblical title, tainting an otherwise fantastically fun and funny tale that delivers exactly what it promises.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Is at times broad and a touch gauche but it has the spark of real life, and a sense that it could not have come from anywhere else. It's also really funny.

FilmInk (Australia)

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In the end, this is more comedy than romance, and on that level, it succeeds.

Herald Sun (Australia)

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There are a few samples of quality produce to be extracted from the new Australian rom-com Alex & Eve. What a shame the whole lot is squashed flat by huge chunks of stale corn and cheese left over from My Big Fat Greek Wedding all those years ago.

Guardian (UK)

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The writer and director offer a marketable point of difference to the Hollywood pap that typically dominates this genre, without overplaying their multiculturalism angle.

The Australian (David Stratton)

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The material may have been funny on stage, but it seems strained on film as both families register their horror at the romance.