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The Wannabes - Nick Giannopoulos, Russell Dykstra, Isla Fisher

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Danny (Nick Giannopoulos) never had much talent. But that didn't stop him devoting his life to the performing arts. His career - teaching at his mother's talent school - is going nowhere when he is asked to teach a bunch of wannabes how to sing and dance.

Hardened crim Marcus (Russell Dykstra) tells Danny he and his shady friends want to be a children's group. Their real ambition is to crash a party that local billionaire Mrs Rory van Dyke (Lena Cruz), is throwing for her grandson and make off with her 3-million-dollar diamond necklace. Danny takes one look at the crooks' immense lack of talent and turns them down. Then he takes a long, good look at Marcus' gorgeous sister Kirsty (Isla Fisher) and decides the gang might have something he can work with after all. The Wannabes, Australia's first politically incorrect children's group are born.

Come show-time, a last minute injury means Danny is forced to become part of the act. The theft is bungled but the Wannabes are a hit. They're armed and hopeless but the kiddies love them. They are swamped with bookings and soon they are making TV appearances, magazine covers and chart-topping CDs. Finding themselves in a lucrative new profession, these crims can afford to give up their day (or night) jobs. But the past has a way of catching up to you. Soon The Wannabes are back in the crime game putting their new-found careers, fame and fortune - not to mention the joy of thousands of little fans - all on the line.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Australia comedy children entertainment romance crime burglary loser

Persons of interest

  • Nick Giannopoulos .... Danny
  • Russell Dykstra .... Marcus
  • Isla Fisher .... Kirsty
  • Michael Carman .... Jimmy King
  • Lena Cruz .... Aurora "Rory" Van Dyke
  • Tony Nikolakopoulos .... Stewie
  • Costas Kilias .... Adrian
  • Ryan Johnson .... Hammer
  • Chantal Contouri .... Sally
  • Nicholas Fleming .... Oliver
  • Jemma Wilks .... Lita
  • Terry Gill .... Barney the Bear
  • David Watson .... Granville Van Dyke
  • Felix Williamson .... Bill Gennaro
  • Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie .... Elvis Elvis
  • Orpheus Pledger .... Young Danny
  • Joseph Clements .... Philip Drayton
  • Carolyne Cooper .... Alicia St Claire
  • Chris Anastassiades .... Screenwriter
  • Ray Boseley .... Screenwriter
  • Nick Giannopoulos .... Screenwriter
  • Nick Giannopoulos .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Wog boy meets wanky actor meets the Wiggles from Hell. Sometimes it's funny but mostly it's embarrassing.

Don' puck me up!

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level coarse language, sexual references)

Surveillance time

94 minutes (1:34 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 29 September 2003 - QLD, VIC
Film: 2 October 2003 - NSW, SA, WA

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