Violet's Visit

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

The life of a gay couple is turned turned upside-down when the daughter one of them sired 15 years earlier turns up on their doorstep in this minor Australian comedy, filmed in 1995 and released on US home video in 1998. Fifteen-year-old Violet (Rebecca Smart), who prefers to be called Scooter, has left her small-town home and come to Sydney to find the...read more

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The life of a gay couple is turned turned upside-down when the daughter one of them sired 15 years earlier turns up on their doorstep in this minor Australian comedy, filmed in 1995 and released on US home video in 1998.

Fifteen-year-old Violet (Rebecca Smart), who prefers to be called Scooter, has left her small-town home and come to Sydney to find the father she's never met. That man is Alec (Graham Harvey), who has been aware of Violet's existence, but has stayed out of communication with her. Alec now lives

with a male lover, Peter (David Franklin). He wants Violet to return home immediately, but she refuses and at Peter's insistence, they allow Violet to move in with them on a trial basis. They get on well and Violet develops a crush on Wayne (Caleb Packham), one of her father's gay friends; she has

her suspicions about his proclivities, but still her hopes run high.

Although Alec takes to parenting, Peter is dismayed to find that having a teenaged girl in the house puts a crimp in his and Alec's partying and sex life. After spying Wayne on a date with a man, a broken-hearted Violet decides to return home. Alec now wants her to stay, but Peter wants her to go.

When her mother (May Lloyd) shows up with yet another potential husband in tow, Violet balks and demands to stay put. This prompts Peter to move out. Believing she has ruined her father's life, Violet runs away. The crisis reunites Alec and Peter; soon after, Wayne finds Violet living in the park

and brings her home.

VIOLET'S VISIT is not an unenjoyable piece of entertainment, but it is a rather inconsequential one. It plays like the pilot for new, very open-minded version of the sitcom "My Two Dads." Young Rebecca Smart (THE COCA-COLA KID) is neither particularly cute nor charismatic in the central role, and

provides little depth for a character who obviously has a lot of "issues." A major problem with the film is that its timeframe is so uncertain. Violet seems to be in Sydney quite a while before her mother expresses any concern about her having left home; but at the same time, Alec and Peter's

attitudes about having Violet live with them seem to turn around pretty quickly. (Sexual situations.)

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: The life of a gay couple is turned turned upside-down when the daughter one of them sired 15 years earlier turns up on their doorstep in this minor Australian comedy, filmed in 1995 and released on US home video in 1998. Fifteen-year-old Violet (Rebecca S… (more)

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