It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s The Castle.

In the 1980s and into the ’90s, the D-Generation could do no wrong. Sketch comedy, radio shows and then the reason everybody went out later on Saturday nights, The Late Show. They were all p-ss funny, and all led up to 1997 and the group’s first movie, Welcome to Woop– erm, The Castle.

Now known as Working Dog, they managed to craft a classic Aussie battler tale that skilfully skewered a lot of pure Aussieness. In many hands this sort of tale could have come across as a cruel and clumsy, but in their hands it was a lovingly-crafted celebration of Aussieness. Unless we’ve got it totally wrong, of course.

22 years later, The Castle remains a favourite of Australians everywhere – and it’s still p-ss funny. It truly deserves its spot in the pool room – alongside our jousting sticks.

The Castle

Four reasons why The Castle rocks:

1. The ace quotes that we’ve absorbed into the Aussie lexicon – “Tell ‘im he’s dreamin'”,”How’s the serenity?”, “This is going straight to the pool room”, “It’s the vibe”…

2. The little touches that remind us of our childhood – like every condiment known to man being in the middle of the dining table.

3. The quick but unforgettable appearance of the much-missed Lynda Gibson, and her immortal line, “Get your hand off it, Darryl!”

4. Rissoles! (Which got changed to “meatloaf” in the American release…)

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Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.