This career-launching comedy by director Richard Ayoade, based on the Joe Dunthorne novel, is drawing comments such as "hilarious and touching" and "the best British comedy in years." Executive-produced by Ben Stiller, who makes a cameo appearance, this coming-of-age story was picked for the film festivals of London, Toronto, Berlin, and Sundance.
Oliver Tate, age 15 and afflicted with a rampant imagination, has two main problems with sex. One, he hasn't done it. Two, his parents don't seem to be doing it either, and he's worried that his mother is warming up to a New Age know-it-all capoeira instructor. When Oliver (Craig Roberts) starts plotting to spark a reunion between his parents, chaos ensues.
Balanced delicately with his strange, heartfelt home life is the equally strange, heartfelt crush he has on Jordana (Yasmin Paige). Always two steps ahead of him, she gives him quite a few well-deserved spins. Even she can see that Oliver, as much as we love him, just isn't ready yet to comprehend the complexities of adult life—the life that he is so desperate to begin.
The script is loaded with wonderful sentences, and the acting—by highly accomplished British actors and some remarkable teens—is top-drawer. Anyone can love this movie.
Fri, Jun 17th 8:00pm
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