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15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

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Richard Ayoade

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Richard Ayoade, Joe Dunthorne (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Taylor ... Lloyd Tate
Paddy Considine ... Graham Purvis
Craig Roberts ... Oliver Tate
Yasmin Paige ... Jordana Bevan
Sally Hawkins ... Jill Tate
Darren Evans ... Chips
Osian Cai Dulais Osian Cai Dulais ... Mark Pritchard
Lily McCann Lily McCann ... Zoe Preece
Otis Lloyd Otis Lloyd ... Keiron
Elinor Crawley ... Abby Smuts
Steffan Rhodri Steffan Rhodri ... Mr. Davey
Gemma Chan ... Kim-Lin
Melanie Walters ... Jude Bevan
Sion Tudor Owen ... Brynn Bevan
Adrienne O'Sullivan Adrienne O'Sullivan ... Jackie
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Storyline

Precocious Oliver struggles with being popular in school but when a dark-haired beauty takes interest in him, he's determined to become the best boyfriend in the world. Meanwhile, his parents' already rocky relationship is threatened when his mother's ex-boyfriend moves in next door. Oliver makes some unorthodox plans to ensure that his parents stay together and that Jordana still likes him. Written by napierslogs

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A comedy that doesn't let principles stand in the way of progress.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Podmornica See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,832, 5 June 2011

Gross USA:

$467,602

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$864,659
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As Oliver daydreams about people's reaction to his death, he mentions 'Mr Dunthorne' (and his quavering voice). This could be the teacher or perhaps the Headmaster. Mr (Joe) Dunthorne is also the name of the author of the book upon which the film is based. See more »

Goofs

The pencil drawing of Oliver's mom initially appears with a single half way fold when she looked at it. When Oliver found it, it was folded twice. But on close up of the drawing, the folds have completely disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Tate: Dad, who would you save first in a house fire given the hypothetical situation that both mum and I were equally difficult to save?
Lloyd Tate: I'd save your mother first so we had a better chance of working together to save you.
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The Art Director Sarah Pasquali is credited also as "woman who looks nothing like Jordana". See more »

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Underwater
15 June 2011 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. A UK version of a teen comedy is quite a different experience than a US teen comedy. Maybe it's the source material from Joe Dunthorne's novel or maybe it's the deft touch of first time director Richard Ayoade. Either way, there is much more depth and emotion involved here ... not just sight gags.

The two leads are Craig Roberts as Oliver and Yasmin Paige as Jordana. Watching the way these two work so hard at not appearing to like each other perfectly captures the teen dance. Once they do get together, the film does a nice job of creating those perfect moments of doubt, discovery and subtle humiliation.

Oliver is carrying quite the burden. He strives to be the perfect boyfriend, but is also very concerned about the slow collapse of his parents' marriage. This problem is enhanced when his mom's old lover moves in across the street. Graham Purvis is some self-proclaimed mystic healer who somehow gets people to pay attention to his words, despite driving around town in a van with his face painted on the side.

Oliver's parents are played by Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins. Taylor is superb as the quietly suffering loner who has no concept of what makes a relationship. Hawkins is the disillusioned wife eager to recapture the magic of her youth ... even if it is with a goofball mystic played by Paddy Considine.

I have to point out that Craig Roberts, who plays Oliver, is the spitting image of a young Bud Cort ... and even has some of Cort's mannerisms from the classic Harold and Maude. Mostly Oliver and Jordana are just two regular teenagers fighting angst, depression and self-doubt, not to mention REAL issues like disinterested parents and a very sick mother. Turns out, being a teen is every bit as tough in the UK as it is in the US ... but the dialogue is much better!


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