Submarine

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The Weinstein Company Released 2011

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Director:
Richard Ayoade
Released:
2011
Rating:
R
15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts of JANE EYRE) has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to smother the flame between his mother (Sally Hawkins of NEVER LET ME GO, MADE IN DAGENHAM) and an ex-lover (Paddy Considine of THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, IN AMERICA) who has reappeared in her life. Worried that his mom is having an affair, Oliver monitors his parents' sex life by charting the dimmer switch in their bedroom. Meanwhile, he attempts to woo his classmate, Jordana, a self-professed pyromaniac who supervises his journal writing - especially the bits about her. Based on Joe Dunthorne's acclaimed novel, Submarine is a captivating coming-of-age story with an offbeat edge.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Writer-director Richard Ayoade has the knack. A fresh and inventive cinematic voice, he's taken a subject that's been beaten half to death and brought it miraculously to life in hi...

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    This is the kind of story, as Oliver himself would admit, that we have already seen dozens of times. But Mr. Ayoade's keen visual wit and clever, knowing touches keep it surprising...

  • 70

    Variety

    Rises above the genre's tired, cookie-cutter competition, presenting familiar elements, such as preternaturally articulate teens preoccupied with virginity, through fresh eyes.

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  • Wes Anderson lite, but set in Wales

    7.5
    Richard Ayoade of IT Crowd fame directs, and his quirky humor comes across in most every frame. Sometimes it goes a bit over the top, especially for Paddy Considine's character, but it's balanced by much quieter performances from the rest of the cast.



    In the end, I'm not sure what the message is, but the acting is great and cinematography is original. Worth checking out on Netflix while they have it.moreless

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