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Submarine (2010)

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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:

UK | USA

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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SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Stiller: The actor featured in the American soap opera Oliver watches. See more »

Goofs

Oliver gets a VHS video of Graham's presentation from Graham's house. When Oliver's seen in his bedroom watching Graham on telly the empty case with Graham's picture is actually the size of an audio cassette (for comparison another audio cassette case can be seen to the left of the screen.) The implication is that Oliver is watching the "video tape" but the only tape device present is for audio cassette, besides which it is clear that the tape player is empty. Other views reveal that that there is NO video tape machine in Oliver's room. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Tate: [voiceover] We sat down to have what might have been Jordana's mother's last Christmas dinner, which i hope it wasn't because the turkey was a bit dry and the sprouts were soggy and out of focus.
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Crazy Credits

The Art Director Sarah Pasquali is credited also as "woman who looks nothing like Jordana". See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.20 (2011) See more »

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Lux Aeterna
Written by Nigel W. Graham, Christian Telford
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Fresh, funny and twisted turns to this quirky coming-of-age tale
24 July 2011 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Submarine" is Welsh. It opens, at least in North America it does, with a letter from its protagonist (Oliver) to Americans; educating us that Wales is a country located next to England. Although thankful that America has not yet invaded his country, Oliver informs us that this is an important film which we should treat with the utmost respect.

Don't worry, it's okay to laugh; you're supposed to. This is a teen coming-of-age comedy. Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) is like a young, Welsh hero of a Wes Anderson film. Gangly and awkward he struggles with popularity in school, but when he imagines his own funeral, the entire country mourns. He bullies one girl to try and impress another but then writes a long letter not so much repenting his guilt but teaching her how to be cool. The dialogue, like Oliver, is precocious but hilarious with a surprisingly fresh feel considering how tired the genre has become.

Oliver tries to win the girl and become the best boyfriend in the world, and he also has to be the best son in the world to save his parents' marriage. In both adventures, he uses psychology books (usually found in routine searches of his parents' bedroom) to ensure his actions accurately reflect his intentions. If you can guess how his plans may go awry, then you are the right audience for this very funny film.

His father, Lloyd (Noah Taylor) is a depressed marine biologist, while his mother Jill (Sally Hawkins) is inappropriately attracted to their neighbour, an old boyfriend of hers. He's a mystic, theatrical performer, and Oliver and Lloyd are the only ones that see it for the nonsense that it is. Lloyd is like a grown-up, Welsh hero of a Wes Anderson film and I loved how they included the father of the protagonist as a main character and showed that although he was more mature, still not any more in tune with the ways of the world around him.

It has some slightly dark twists, but "Submarine" succeeds because it never lets up the humour or the quirky tone. Funny? Yes. Important? No, but I certainly get the joke.


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