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This Won't Hurt a Bit (1993)

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Greig Pickhaver Greig Pickhaver ... Gordon Fairweather
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Vanessa Prescott
Maggie King Maggie King ... Mrs. Prescott
Patrick Blackwell Patrick Blackwell ... Mr. Prescott
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Riley
Adam Stone Adam Stone ... Farrow
Gordon Chater Gordon Chater ... Dental Professor
Alwyn Kurts Alwyn Kurts ... Psychiatrist
Colleen Clifford Colleen Clifford ... Lady Smith
Peter Browne Peter Browne ... Railway Friend
Lisa Peers Lisa Peers ... University Friend
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Bank Manager
Gandhi MacIntyre ... Restrauteur
Brian Bird Brian Bird ... Dental Prosthetist
Fiona Press ... Wagga Girlfriend
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Australia

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English

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12 November 1993 (Australia) See more »

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A very funny caper film
31 January 2001 | by DunksSee all my reviews

Caveat: this film is not recommended for anyone contemplating a visit to the dentist!

This pacy, funny, sweet, very offbeat black comedy is a hidden gem. It probably only lasted days at the cinema (I found it on cable) but is definitely worth seeing if you like your comedy left-field, like "Office Space" or "The Magic Christian".

Greig Pickhaver (a legend to most Aussies for his satirical TV and radio persona, H.G. Nelson) is great as the barking-mad-but-cunning Gordon Fairweather. A failed dental student, Gordon neatly sidesteps his lack of qual's by heading to London, and setting out his shingle there. This supposed loser finds the goose that lays golden eggs when he discovers a way to swindle the National Health -- bigtime. His hilariously slipshod "treatment" of his patients will make you cringe as much as you laugh (that tooth thing never fails!)

Jaqueline McKenzie gives a brilliant and very different performance as his endearingly daggy English girlfriend, showing again what a talented and versatile actress she is. Great supporting cast too, including Alwyn Kurts in one of his last roles.

8/10


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