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Based on a true story, the tale of a cement truck driver named Danny, whose long awaited vacation is cancelled thanks to his scheming girlfriend, Trudy. Danny escapes his grim life in suburban Australia and blasts into the skies in a chair tied with helium balloons. A mighty thunderstorm blows him clean off the map, and spits him out far away over the lush green town of Clarence. In this new town, he rockets into the world of Glenda, the town’s only parking cop. While the media back home becomes obsessed with the story of his disappearance, Danny gets to reinvent himself in this new town, and in his great adventure, he discovers a true soulmate in Glenda. Fate catches up with him eventually, as Danny’s true identity is revealed and Trudy–now a tabloid celebrity–comes to the idyllic town to claim Danny and drag him back to Sydney. Danny, however, is a changed man; he’s discovered what it means to be happy and has found a new self-worth. Saying farewell to Trudy, Danny makes a dynamic re-entry to the town of Clarence–determined to win Glenda back again and embrace his newfound zest for life.

Also Known As: Piovuto dal cielo, Manden der faldt ned fra himlen, Nyugágy Danny, El amor está en el aire, Dannyjeva leteća stolica, Денни - Летающий шезлонг, Mies joka putosi taivaasta, Larry Lawnchair, Danny's Daydream, Danny Deckchair

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  • cosetta-sorrentino
    cosetta sorrentino

    A very good feel-good movie about a trapped soul needing to break free; and the consequences of doing so. Not worth analysis for plot holes or criticism [although there were only 2 special effects shots 🙁 ]Danny, a construction worker, doesn’t enjoy his job. He goes off on “holiday” [remember, these are Aussies we’re dealing with] and in the short time that he’s at home, we learn that he’s the kind of guy that needs to be doing something. He comes across an old buddy, who’s doing really well in his business, but whose balloons had been misprinted. The rest is history…A good reminder that spontaneity is a good thing.

  • caroline-lowe
    caroline lowe

    I’m surprised by the number of bah-humbugs this film has received! Perhaps it’s just an early midlife crisis talking, but I find that this sweet little oddity from Australia has the ability to make you sit up and say, “By George, I could change my life!” Of course, plenty of people hate Frank Capra movies. Just as he made moviegoers ponder, “What would things be like if I had never been born?” Jeff Balsmeyer leads us (or at least some of us!) to the question “What would I do if I could start fresh, and completely reinvent myself among strangers?” Balsmeyer’s Danny is a creative, adventurous soul whose humdrum, habitual city existence has hemmed him in and shrunk his world. Accidentally taking off in a helium-powered lawn chair is the best thing that could ever have happened to him. The journey is tremendously risky, but the payoff is better than anything he could have imagined. Take from this little fairytale what you will; I did.

  • hannah-ryan
    hannah ryan

    This is by far one of the best movies EVER! The cover of the DVD is what originally caught my eye. After reading the great reviews it received, I decided to rent it. I was not disappointed. I’ve seen it at least 8 times and I’m constantly renting it and having friends over to enjoy this great movie. I guess the real question is, why haven’t I bought it? 🙂 It’s perfect for anyone who has ever dreamed of escaping from their boring, monotonous life to experience an amazing adventure. Charming characters and a unique storyline. A fun, witty comedy that will leave you feeling light-hearted and optimistic. Rent it TODAY. You’ll love it!

  • tammie-kidd
    tammie kidd

    Danny Deckchair is a great little comedy. It’s one of those films that you see by accident and then you have to see again. It’s a fresh premise – being lifted away by balloons and the comedic twists the follow. Rhys Ifan is fantastic as Danny. Rhys demonstrates a range of emotions as Danny becomes the person he is truly is inside. While appearing goofy, Danny is also eminently lovable. While appearing unskilled in the ways of love, Danny will win your heart as he takes you with him on his journey that all starts with an accidental balloon ride – when his deckchair takes off with him. I recommend this film to anyone of any age.

  • cirulis-agris
    cirulis agris

    this film just came out in Los Angeles. seeing it was a complete waste of time. it bills itself as an Independent ‘Australian’ romantic-comedy, a claim that is full of hot air. Independent? the plot is formulaic and full of holes, what you might expect from a producer of Kangaroo Jack… Australian? the film’s director turns out to be an American who exported the’true story’ of American urban legend Larry Walters (aka ‘Larry Lawnchair’), and then changed the title to “Danny Deckchair,” (which just sounds stupid), in order to make it more ‘Australian.’ then they cast a Welsh actor, Rhys Ifans, to play an Australian, because, well, i don’t know why. i guess just to stay consistent with all the other bad choices.as far as being a ‘romantic comedy’ there was not a single laugh from the audience, and the only romance was when we kissed our $9.00 good-bye.deflate all expectations before wasting your time on this…

  • ulle-kotov
    ulle kotov

    The film starts off very slowly with what seems like an all too simple plot. The title suggests a mediocre film where the viewer might be led to think the only high point (pun intended) is Danny’s launch into the air on a balloon laden deckchair. Admittedly, up until this event, I was tempted to remove the DVD from my player. But I’m glad I kept watching. The flying chair is only the vehicle which transports Danny to a new and exiting life where he is loved and respected. While the plot is simple, it’s somewhat more involved than one might be led to think from the title. There is enough comedy and romance to hold the attention of viewers who enjoy this genre of film. There is a scene which shows the beauty of the Australian countryside that may tempt you with desire to visit this part of Australia.

  • lili-ciklauri
    lili ciklauri

    This movie is just plain dumb. It is too cute for it’s own good and the idea falls flat after the opening credits. Justine Clarke is particularly uninspiring as the girlfriend. I don’t see any chemistry between her and the lead character which might have saved this turkey.

  • olena-sirotenko
    olena sirotenko

    I borrowed this from Netflix because the posted copy sounded promising (yes, I know, it ALWAYS sounds promising). Rhys Ifans and Miranda Otto sold this for me, and I also tend to at least look at pretty much anything shipped from Australia; their films aren’t consistently spellbinding (The Dish?) but are often of a quality missing in the studio flicks. I expected to laugh, I expected to want to see the whole film. I laughed once (damned if I can remember at what, but just once) and found the movie, overall, tedious. My wife and I kept getting up and attending to other issues without bothering to pause it. I kept thinking as I watched that ‘I bet this sounded funny in the script reading’. For those who felt this outshone Pretty Woman… that’s not much competition. It’s not the worst film I’ve ever seen, but I’m afraid I take Rhys and Miranda off my ‘must see’ list.

  • cristal-pamela-franco
    cristal pamela franco

    Whose idea it was to cast Rhys Ifans as an Australian? Apart from Danny’s cringeworthy accent and the implausible motivations of the main characters, the plot was full of holes.How is it that a bearded man arrives in a small country town, has his photo plastered all over the media as the ‘balloon man’, and yet not one single person recognises him? Why does he wholeheartedly support some dopey local politician, only to turn on him at the last minute for some completely unbeknown reason? The girl he falls for is so completely neurotic that we can see he’s in for a life of misery, yet he seems hell-bent on spending the rest of his days with her. In the middle of all this, some strange character who looks like Oscar Wilde’s gay lover ends up being a nude life-model for a bunch of slavering housewives – where did that come from?Character development? Interesting dialogue? This film had none of that. But, come to think of it, there was ONE redeeming quality: I hardly recognised any of the cast, apart from Rhys and Miranda Otto. At least this was a departure from the normal practice of filling the cast with the same tired old ocker hacks that have featured in every film and TV series ever produced in this country.Very disappointing. Rhys, stick to your Welsh accent, it’s so much better. 3/10

  • sisko-kolehmainen
    sisko kolehmainen

    One of the most agonizing script-writing shortcuts is to have a character go 180 degrees from one scene to the next, in one moment being full of love and affection and understanding, and then for whatever reason refusing to talk to the main character, rushing out rudely and refusing any explanation from the main character, in the most unreasonable way. You’re not supposed to wonder why this person would do this, you’re just supposed to feel the hurt and rejection. If you like these kinds of scenes, buy this movie. Everything about this movie is predictable, tries to be deep and meaningful, and proceeds on the assumption that you’ve never seen a movie before. An utter failure.

  • isabelly-lopes
    isabelly lopes

    Danny Deckchair is a rare beast in today’s ultra-conservative film industry where a tired formula must be stuck to lest the audience not cough up hundreds of millions of dollars. It is a film that goes without the showerings of blood, constant four-letter words, or special effects that could turn a Pentium IV into a puddle of liquid. Instead, it relies on the story and the characters therein to keep the viewer interested, and that is where it succeeds.At its heart, it is simply a story about a man who is living in a virtual cage, a prison with no walls to quote the song. So one fine weekend after he is basically told by all concerned that he will have nothing and never be anything, he accidentally launches himself into the air on a fold-up garden chair with dozens of large helium balloons tied to it. This part actually happened, believe it or not.When Danny lands in a country town several hours North of the home he was sick of in Sydney, he is instantly a local celebrity. He takes up with a local parking cop, and together, the two of them explore things in life that would make them significantly happier than they are now. Meanwhile, back in Sydney, the other prisoners are trying to determine what happened to the escapee when a local policeman in the Northern town, jealous of how happy these two are, decides to let said Sydney prisoners know where their man is.As I said earlier, the film relies very heavily upon the performances of the actors to stay afloat. Rhys Ifans, best known as one of the emaciated, lunatic twins of Twin Town, makes it incredibly easy to sympathise with his character, the titular Danny Deckchair. There is not a moment in the film when I question whether I would do what he does. Miranda Otto, now infamous as Éowyn, the only woman who actually goes into battle during the Lord Of The Rings saga (at least the way Tolkien wrote it), is equally convincing as the parking cop whose life is forever changed by a man falling out of the sky and into her front yard. It’s a good thing the whole show rests on the shoulders of these two actors, because they could not have been better chosen.The support cast don’t exactly make any waves, but they do give an excellent framework regarding the story. This is particularly clear at the end when Danny finds himself back in Sydney and, disgusted with the way of life there, decides he is far better off in a town where everyone seems to know his name, and not just because it has been broadcast to death on the news. Without the supporting characters who represent Danny’s former workmates and significant others, the story would probably fall flat.All in all, I gave the film a nine out of ten. It does have a few moments when the pace slows too far for its own good, but this is one of the best films to come out of Australia since The Pirate Movie. If you get the chance, watch it with as many friends and relatives as possible.

  • kyle-aguirre
    kyle aguirre

    I didn’t know what to expect, but found myself laughing out loud many times, which surprised my family to hear. I mostly keep movies on-hand to keep me distracted as I work in the kitchen, but had to just stop and watch this one. And I’m going to make the rest of the family watch it.The development of the main character was so human and endearing. The changing emotions visible on the faces of the two main characters required attention, so I couldn’t just listen and glance over while doing other things like I usually can.One thing that I always ask myself in reading a book or watching a movie is, “Do I care about these characters?” If there’s no reason to care what happens to someone, why spend the time? In this movie, which I found by searching for movies to add to my Blockbuster online queue, one can’t help but care for Danny right from the beginning as his holiday plans are forced to change.There wasn’t the usual approach of jumping into bed together out of lust and examining feelings after the fact. The relationship of Danny and Glenda felt plausible, handled with sensitivity and realism with neither of them starting out “looking for love” which really means “wanting sex with someone, anyone” that most Hollywood romances think we want.

  • sean-bowman
    sean bowman

    I really liked the plot about Danny Deckchair, so I just had to check it out. I expected a comedy filled of nonstop joking, but hey! It turned out to be a more romantic entertainer than I thought – in a good way! With no well known actors, this movie treats some of the most everyday subjects in life – love and career – with such perfect precision. The balance between love and comedy is close to perfect, but I feel that some more jokes or crazy excursions would have been welcome. Danny is the true king! Haven’t you seen it yet and feel for something to see together with your heart of love, check this one out for real! 6/10, since I think it lacked more jokes, but judging the art of romance here, it’s a pure 9.

  • erica-knight
    erica knight

    So funny and So very entertaining! I really found the main character HOT by the end. I didn’t expect much when I picked up the box at the movie store, but halfway through I actually spit beer out my nose I was laughing so hard. Rarely do movies achieve this. The plot is simple and straightforward, they aren’t trying to achieve any noble peace prizes or Academy awards. Its as though the writer was just trying to make himself laugh. The main characters are soothingly lifelike and not inimitable “STARS” – they just seem like cool people you might already know. And wherever it is filmed, Northern Australia I believe, Is absolutely STUNNING! Its like a little travelogue. This movie is a great pick me up if you are in the mood for humor. Very Very Good. Very recommended.

  • mary-wood
    mary wood

    I avoided renting this movie for months because I thought it was a cheap take on the story about the real guy who did this back in the early 80’s. I was pleasantly surprised that it had nothing to do with the real “Lawnchair Larry” and even more surprised by how intriguing the picture became. Rhys Ifans (Danny) and Miranda Otto (Glenda) are fantastic together and their performances keep the viewer captivated throughout the entire picture. You really can’t take your eyes off Otto she’s so beautiful. I am surprised this movie didn’t make noise in the American box offices, but I suspect it was because it was a foreign film (set in Austrailia). Call me sentimental but I think I like this movie so much it’s in my top 25. Loved it and highly recommend it!

  • silvester-reinhardt
    silvester reinhardt

    I’ve read several other user’s comments on this movie. Many were right, it IS simple romantic comedy movie. And, yes, this story has been well covered. That doesn’t make it any less of a movie. Neither does having Rhys Ifans play an Australian. It’s called ACTING! Tom Hanks didn’t contract AIDS to play in Philadelphia. Meryl Streep played Australian in A Cry in the Dark. And Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, both Aussies, have played American! Rhys played the role of Danny perfectly. He showed a regular guy who wants to do SOMETHING. Miranda Otto was also well cast at Glenda, living a life on hold as a parking cop. This movie doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it is a great way to spend a couple of hours. I recommend it highly. 8/10

  • vep-xvia-xec-uriani
    vep xvia xec uriani

    I just finished watching Danny Deckchair….so everything is fresh. Of course its not something you spend three years dissecting, arguing, and comparing. Its a light, full-hearted film meant to make you feel good about life and love and all that stuff. What I loved about it was that it was all that stuff and not such a big production! The initial premise was so outrageous that it was unbelievable but the rest, well it could be measured with a yard stick…..maybe a yard pole. If you didn’t enjoy it……well maybe your cynicism has become more than a hobby.

  • debbie-donald
    debbie donald

    “Danny Deckchair” tells of the adventures of a young concrete truck driver who decides to tie a bunch of helium filled balloons to his deck chair to soar aloft. His plan is to take shears with him to cut away one balloon at a time thereby making his descent. Instead, he leaves the shears behind and the balloons carry him to a new life and a new love. This sweet, cute, fun little flick from down-under is a fresh and creative new addition to the much over worked romcom genre. With lots of heart and unpredictable predictability, “Danny Deckchair” should be an enjoyable watch for those who don’t mind a little schmaltz with their romantic comedy fare. (B)

  • dovile-gailys
    dovile gailys

    Sitting down to watch this film, I didn’t have incredibly high expectations but after watching it, I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It will not go down as a classic piece of film, but it was an enjoyable use of 90 minutes and I am pleased that I viewed it. The plot line is relatively simple, which arguably detracts from the film, but it has it’s moments, such as the moment Danny launches into the air on his deckchair. This film is more likely to appeal to an Australian audience as they will be able to relate to more of the items featured (eg: AFL football), but this still has enough in it to appeal to those not familiar with Australian culture. Overall, I would recommend this Aussie film to all people looking for a good laugh. Enjoyable!

  • perla-paulauskas
    perla paulauskas

    Greetings again from the darkness. In this charming little comedy from down under, Writer/Director Jeff Balsmeyer takes us inside the lives of 2 people we really like and one … well maybe not so much. The 3 lead actors are excellent in their roles, especially Rhys Ifan (Notting Hill and Once Upon a Time in the Midlands). Miranda Otto plays the parking cop who brings him back to life, while Justine Clark is tremendous as the glory seeking user that we have all met at least once. The story, while getting started in a very unique manner, settles into a traditional little romantic comedy for awhile. What makes this one a little different is watching the changes in the faces of the three leads. They each experience joy and heartbreak in their own way. This one deserves a look.

  • vasil-petrik
    vasil petrik

    If you like sweet, romantic comedies or you’re looking for the perfect date movie Danny Deckchair is for you. Rhys Ifans, maybe best known as the slovenly roommate in Notting Hill, is unexpectedly charming as the title character, Danny. It’s the story of a man finding himself (and love) by first getting lost. Danny is a goofy, hard-working everyman who doesn’t know what he’s missing until he literally falls into the backyard of the beautiful, but lonely Glenda, a small town parking cop. The two form an unlikely alliance that not only energizes their own hearts, but those of the local townspeople as well. Like a Jimmy Stewart character in a Frank Capra film, Danny finds a passion and integrity that he didn’t now he had and he’s able to inspire goodwill in everyone around him – including this film’s audience.

  • sintija-vanags
    sintija vanags

    When I walked into the theatre, it was spotted with very few people wanting to see the film, and most had just walked in because of the interesting title, but everyone left the theatre laughing and joking with one another. I have never seen a movie which inspired me to smile so much, and feel so good afterward. The scenery was amazing, the story was innovative, and Rhys Ifans was an extremely lovable character. All in all, a very good film, and definitely worth seeing. Danny’s character was very charismatic, and his views on life can relate to everyone who has just wanted to get away. I especially liked the way he interacted with his friends and the people around him. By the end of the film, you really feel like you have a new friend in a strange way. Anyways, I would describe this as a Notting Hill/Bridget Jones/ Muriel’s Wedding combination, with a little Whale Rider for spice. It gives new hope to the Australian film making industry.

  • lubomir-vanek
    lubomir vanek

    This little movie was very refreshing from the usual romantic comedy machine that Hollywood cranks out just to make a few bucks from romance novel loving ladies.Here’s the point: it was a little funny, it was a little romantic, it was a little dramatic, and it was fun to watch. The acting isn’t overdone and really makes you get in with the characters. I took a few points off for the editing, sometimes it jumps around a little too much, but for me it wasn’t too distracting since everything else made up for it.Following the romance story of a guy that falls from the sky in a woman’s backyard – doesn’t it sound intriguing?If you like the genre, definitely a different, refreshing pick – and one that guys can watch without regret. But if you’re not in the mood for a little romance story, save it for another time.

  • bayan-fatigul-zorlu-manco
    bayan fatigul zorlu manco

    Working at Blockbuster, I glanced upon the title vaguely while running movies and decided to give it a shot. Within the first 10 minutes of the film, I had become enraptured in the Austrailian culture that engrossed the film. It only got better from there. The story is strong–not too sappy or emotional, yet still rich in contrasting emotions transcending any particular genre of film (save action). The actors also were very strong in there respective roles. Ryhs Ifans (Danny Morgan/Deckchair) played the laid-back/riveting Danny beautifully (totally believable). Miranda Otto (Glenda) also did a wonderful job playing the shy parking officer who fell in love with the “alien” from the sky.I would definitely (and have done so) recommend to anyone just trying to chill out with a movie for an evening and walk away refreshed.

  • pani-natasza-machon
    pani natasza machon

    I think this will be one of the first comments for Danny Deckchair, so let me start this section off by saying straight away that I really, awfully enjoyed this film! I was sorry to see the finish of it, and thats something that you cant always say about movies.Starring Rhys Ifans (fantastic actor!), and Miranda Otto (impresses me whenever I see her), this fun romp never once left me bored. Be it the numerous moments of hilarity as Danny lights up the screen or the quieter, more touching personal moments when Glenda and Danny are getting to know each other, this film was interesting and entertaining to the last. Also interesting is the unsaid statements about what a bit of fame does to some people, as Trudy (Justine Clark) shows her true colours once Danny flies away on his Deckchair.When it all boils down to it, this is an entertaining and ultimately heartwarming film that isn’t afraid to be Australian. Plus it doesn’t have people saying “Crikey!” or wrestling crocodiles (sorry Steve Irwin , but most of us aren’t like you). At any rate, I really enjoyed this one, and hopefully everyone else out there will give it a chance too! Its just a pity that lots of people may look at it, and decide to see something else that has more explosions. And thats just sad, because this is a great film just waiting to get the public recognition it deserves! See it for yourself, and don’t be afraid to have a good time.