A COMEDY THAT DOESN’T LET PRINCIPLES STAND IN THE WAY OF PROGRESS.
Wales, 1986; 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) tries to impress a girl (Yasmin Paige) at school while also worrying about the deteriorating relationship between his parents. Richard Ayoade’s directing debut is a critically lauded coming-of-age drama that deals with depression and alienation in a frank and oddly humorous way. The filmmakers are particularly adept at capturing a teenager’s flawed self-image and immature approach to tackling difficult issues. Good performances by the young leads and Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor as the parents, but the film remains more interesting than engaging.
2011-Britain. 97 min. Color. Written and directed by Richard Ayoade. Novel: Joe Dunthorne. Cast: Craig Roberts (Oliver Tate), Yasmin Paige (Jordana Bevan), Sally Hawkins (Jill Tate), Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine.
Trivia: Co-executive produced by Ben Stiller, who has a very small cameo.