South soporific

Movie: The Legend of Johnny Lingo

The Legend of Johnny Lingo
Length: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Studio: Number 8 Productions
Release Date: 2003-10-03
Cast: George Henare, Rawiri Paratene, Joe Falou, Alvin Fitisemanu, Kayte Ferguson
Director: Steven Ramirez
Screenwriter: Riwia Brown
WorkNameSort: The Legend of Johnny Lingo
Our Rating: 1.50

Its handlers would clearly love for this awful South Seas fable to grab the tail of "Whale Rider," but it shares more stylistic attributes (and cast members) with "The Other Side of Heaven," the crappy Mormon-missionary flick of two years ago. First-time director Steven Ramirez heaps buckets of smarm on the decades-old story of a troubled island boy who learns personal worth at the hands of a wise and legendary trader. Beyond-hackneyed dialogue helps Ramirez convey the (mistaken?) impression that none of his featured players can act. Throw in a dramatic arc that's practically a flat line and you'll know how long 91 minutes can feel.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.