Matching Jack



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Matching Jack **** (103 min) M

Bingo! After an absence of over a decade, director Nadia Tass and creative partner David Parker (Malcolm, The Big Steal, the underrated 1997 charmer Amy) deliver a first-rate, uplifting, funny/happy/sad tearjerker about a kid dying of leukemia. It’s a no-holds-bar emotional slam dunk as a young mother (superbly played by Jacinda Barrett) desperately searches for a bone marrow match for her son from among the illegitimate children fathered by her promiscuous husband (Richard Roxburgh). A beautiful, moving, unashamedly melodramatic film that rouses tears and joy in equal measure. Bring tissues. Leave cynicism in the glove box.

– Brisbane Times