Sweet Sixteen

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Released 2003

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Director:
Ken Loach
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Liam's mom is in prison and due to be released in time for his sixteenth birthday. Dreaming of the family life he never had, Liam is determined to make things different when his mother returns- which also entails studying beyond the reach of her loser ex- boyfriend and mean-spirited father. But creating a new life requires cash, and at 16 there are very few options for employment. It is not long before Liam and his friends' crazy schemes get him in over his head and into all sorts of trouble. Finding himself in too deep, he knows he should walk away but just can't let go.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Sweet Sixteen shows that he's (Loach) as capable of anger as his protagonist and just as eager to draw attention to an unchanging problem: the blight of generational poverty.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It's one of the most emotional and compelling the filmmaker has ever made. Confident, uncompromising and blisteringly realistic, Sweet Sixteen is a gritty and immediate film yet it...

  • 90

    Variety David Rooney

    Rendered deeply moving by the director's peerless capacity to combine humor and compassion with honesty and despair.

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