Synopsis: When Chinese-Australian teenager Lawrence fails his high-school exams because of cheating, destroying his dreams of a medical degree, he's banished to the country for the summer. There, he meets a conman the Professor and his cynical daughter Sarah, and learns that even the sneakiest scam can't conjure up love.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Ben Chessell
  1 nomination.
90 min


- (drumroll, cymbal crash)

- (crowd laughing)

(crowd gasping, applauding)

Told any good lies lately?

Lying is a part of human nature.

We all tell lies.

And those of you who don't

are lying.

Who wants to play? Who wants to play?

You can't win if you're not in.

MAN (narrating):

one's a classic...

one of the oldest street

swindles in the world...

the three-card monte.

Find the lady. Toss the broad.

The lady in red will get you ahead.

The jokers black will set you back.

MAN (narrating):

if you can do it.

Keep your eye on the queen.


Ten-to-one. "Ten-to-one,"

the man says.

Those are the odds and not the time,

unless it's time to play!

MAN (narrating):
Let me

introduce the Professor.

The beauty of the three-card monte

is that even though

people know it's a scam,

they still play.

Everybody wants to beat the man.

In fact, no sucker will ever

win the three-card monte.


- (cheering)

- Unless he's in on the game.

Yep, that's me.

And I'm no sucker.

- Three-card monte's the name of the game.

- (cheering)

A few years ago, I

learnt to tell lies

for profit and pleasure.

You would probably call

me a con man, a swindler.

I prefer the term

"professional liar."

So let me tell you the truth.

Come on, trust me.

And start.

MAN (narrating):

recognize this scene, right?

Final maths exam.

Chinese kid.

Nervous, but he's

totally gonna ace it.

Well, you'd be right if

you were talking about him.

But we're talking about me,

the good-looking one.


It's all fun and games, Master Lawrence,

until someone loses an eye.

Can my son still sit the exam?

Lawrence has brought

great shame to the school.

There's also the injury to

young Jeremy Fong to consider.

But no exam means no university.

I'm afraid Lawrence must

suffer the maximum penalty.


There are no short cuts.

Cheating will never get you anywhere.

But, Mum, everyone's

going. There'll be girls.

- You're not going to Schooler Paradise.

- Surfer's Paradise.

You promised us you studied.

- You lied to your family.

- Our entire family is full of doctors.

Don't we have enough?

- What are you going to be then, huh?

- I don't know.

My sister in China has bought a

ticket to come to your graduation.

- What am I going to tell her?

- You can tell her about Schooler's Paradise.

(speaking Chinese)

Fine! I'll pay you back.

Every last cent.

LAWRENCE (narrating):

What did they expect?

The average person

lies six times a day.

And I only cheated that one time.

I guess you gotta start somewhere.

(man chattering)

- What the hell!

- You want a phone, you need a job.

You want a job, you need an education.

- (bell chiming)

- (woman on PA, indistinct)

- Chinese lucky money?

- Call as soon as you get there.

With what?

Try to be a good boy.


Look at these monkeys. They think

they get something for nothing.

But they're just idiots for us to laugh at.

You need to work hard for what you want.

Life is not a game show.

Lawrence, just because your father

sent you here as a punishment

does not mean you cannot have fun.

I can put on my computer

for you to play on.

- Do you have a modem?

- No, Lawrence.

A Macintosh.

(button clicks)

LAWRENCE (narrating):

Uncle Sam loved chess.

I mean, really loved it.

Chess taught him everything

that was important in life...

discipline, tradition,


I want to die.

(clocks ticking)

Lawrence, Soo Jin is our club champion.

Lawrence is very smart.

Make a good Chinese boyfriend. (chuckles)

I will leave you two kids together.

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