Average: 4.1 (6 votes)
The Coming-of-Age Movie
Christchurch > 08

Really great concept and use of the genre!! The acting of the lead character/script was really on point too as you could tell he was strangely child like from the start. Also I loved the coffee shop scene because it was a classic example of show don't tell. It would have been so tempting to mention something about Timmy experiencing coffee for the first time but you guys left it up to "Timmy's" great acting to show that he was slowly getting hyped up. An overall really enjoyable watch and good execution of a great concept. Also the team intro clearly gets a score of 100k out of 5 stars!

The moment the ball dropped on 'Well, I I just woke up yesterday' I was like HELL YEA this is exactly what I'd hope from you guys.
Obvoiusly the quality was very high as always and your editing was on point, keeping the pace up the story moving along nicely.
I hope Timmy gets nominated for his performance, you could tell immediately when he started talking that something was up even before the reveal of how young he was, fantastic work.

Can't wait to see it again at the finals.

Another strong film from Strang, and a really original idea for Coming of Age. Production value was high, as always from this team, and the overall product is very satisfying. Loved the portrayal of a 12 year old in the body of a grown man, lots of little nuances that were particularly well thought out.
I really really enjoyed this film and I look forward to seeing it again in the City Final, which I have to assume it will be.


After going into a coma when a child, Timmy has come out of it 20 years later. As his only experiences are those from his childhood his construction work buddies volunteer to introduce him to the world of adulthood.

It's pretty impossible to find any technical flaws in a Strang film - only the team themselves would know what they're unhappy with. It's a great set-up at the beginning of the film and I too enjoyed that Timmy was slightly off when we first met him. All the actors do a great job (cool seeing Roz back in for a brief time) but the actor playing Timmy was an obvious stand-out in demonstrating a whole range of skills. As usual, Strang pack a whole heap into the running time providing a real depth to the story and plenty of laughs.

Great job and certainly finals bound.

Love this team's films. Great range of locations, gags and pacing. Well done!


Nice work as always, team. I thought the lead performance was really good, and I dug the parental instincts that kick in from all the other tradies. Some great laughs and wry observations, though I did find myself wanting just a smidge more climax and resolution by the end. Timmy has a few fun misadventures and then we're out. If you'd been able to find a nice narrative capper I think personally I would have found it a little more satisfying. Nevertheless, well made and enjoyable throughout!

Alexander Jones
city manager

A solid film, and a great way to work around the problem of getting coming-of-age when you only have adult actors.

...Which was what I was most worried about when I saw you got this genre. How does Strang Entertainment do coming-of-age?

I think the performance as Timmy is one of the best things about the film, Jesse plays the character with what feels like 100% accuracy of how a little kid would talk, from obvious things like referring to his mummy and daddy, and more subtle things like his complete lack of social queues. He's so naively blunt when telling the other tradies how his family died. Just like how a little kid would be.

I love that initial joke where he introduces himself as Timmy and they all respond with "...Tim?". That's kind of a microcosm for the whole film, which is awesome.

I also think it was an awesome idea to nest the idea of a little kid who's been in a coma for 20 years in the setting of tradies on a building site, as opposed to a hospital or some kind of rehab. There's something so wonderfully contrasting between these two worlds, maybe its because the typical lad culture of tradies feels like a significantly grown-up area of life. The macho man "get the job done" attitude is distinctly adult, and I think when I was a kid, whenever I thought of grown-up jobs, I thought of builders.

I also really love how supportive all the tradies were! It would have been easy to draw from the toxic masculinity well, but I kind of prefer that they all take care of Timmy and are just all around nice people.

Also, one of my favourite moments of the film is the reaction shot after Timmy tells them what happened and they're like "Fwoooar that's pretty rough". Love it. So on brand for the characters. It's a dark joke, and a lot of people don't interpret it as even being something funny, but I think it's hilarious.

What I think holds this film back, however, is the lack of any real progress in the story, which is a shame and maybe just typical of the ol' 5 minute max duration chestnut, but we essentially get given a fun concept at the start, and then a series of examples of how life would be for someone in this situation. A series of sketches, which for the most part I found pretty funny, but it is disappointing to not see a big character change by the end.

Personally, I think you could have cut the bungy jumping joke and that weird scene where he asks about God - The bungy jumping stuff is kind of left field, not really something that's indicative of being a grown up, and the conversation about God, whatever it's purpose was, didn't really land. If you cut these segments out, you might have had more time to focus on making one of those sketches be the "meat" of the story. I'd have gone with the love story, and maybe built a bit more around that. Maybe the other tradies teaching him how to bang in nails comes in handy when he's having sex? That's where I thought we were going in that final scene haha. My point being, it'd be nice if the synopsis was "A boy who's been in a coma for 20 years has to readjust to adult life and win the love of his life", as opposed to "A boy who's been in a coma for 20 years has to readjust to adult life". There's no ultimate challenge.

Still, the film works on its own. It's a big step up from last year and one of the better examples of Strang Entertainment doing narrative work, as opposed to the format disrupting madness they're known for.

TITLE REVIEW: One of the rare cases where the main character's name is the perfect title for the film.