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Episode 98: Charlie's Country

Charlie's Country

An Aboriginal man retreats to the remote wilderness to practice traditional ways, but the modern world soon catches up to him with a vengeance.


This movie seems like it is going to be Australian Into the Wild but then takes a questionable turn towards mediocrity. Charlie is an Aboriginal which is Australian for Indian. The previous sentence is one I think most Americans wouldn't bat an eye at but the history behind that analogy makes my head spin. Anyway, Australian Indians failed to figure out how to sell cheap gas, cigarrettes and secure land for casinos so they're stuck in a weird limbo of accepting goverment handouts but not receiving the proper education to assimilate to make it on their own. Charlie is one the vicitims of these circumstances but his story is unique because he also doesn't have any personal goals or aspirations. He wants to go back to the old ways but doesn't want anything to do with his family or friends but also wants a job in modern society but also wants to smoke pot and drink beers. Are we supposed to care about Charlie and the plight of his people? Make his character less conflicted and we could at least get a plot started in this movie. After the news, we're rambling about TBD. Next week, we're watching Phenomenon.

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