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I often browse through the movie channels on Sky just to see whats showing this week. I tend to record a lot of films and then watch them later whilst I am studying or playing with the kitten. The name of this film made me wonder what it was about so I clicked for more information and when I realised it starred Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley in Harry Potter) I decided it would be worth a watch so I set it to record and watched it this morning. This is a film only review.
Malachy works in a leisure centre. He doesnt mind his job too much, its a decent enough summer job and he finds his best friend Luke is always there bugging him or keeping him company - whichever way you would like to view it. Malachys boss is quite laid back and doesnt tend to mind Malachy having Luke there providing he gets his work done.
Malachy is awaiting his GCSE results, as is Luke. However, when they receive them they are both aware that their lives will more than likely take different paths - with Malachy going on to college and Luke finding a job.
One day, Malachy and Luke are gossiping in reception when a stunning blonde walks in. They are both surprised, and even more surprised when Malachy realises she is his bosses daughter. Both Malachy and Luke are eager to impress Michelle and vow that they will sleep with her...but will they?
I found that the opening of this film really caught my attention because it was really unexpected. I'm not going to say what happens because I do think it would spoil it for anybody who does decide to give it a go. However, although this beginning is sort of a flash forward, I didnt like it to the rest of the film and instead saw the beginning as when we met Malachy in the fitness centre.
Initially I did think this film wasnt going to be great which I found a shame because I am a big fan of Rupert Grints. However, I am pleased to admit I was wrong and although the film had quite a slow start it soon picks up.
The film follows the boys in their everyday lives which is quite amusing because they are teenagers and get up to all kinds of mischief.
The acting in the film is reallhy strong. Rupert Grint is brilliant and does a superb Irish accent - something I was no expecting! Also starring in this is Kimberley Nixon who some of you may recognise as Josie in Fresh Meat. Both did a superb job of playing their role well and I didnt think of them as Ron and Josie, instead it was Malachy and Michelle.
Robert Sheehan plays Luke and I believe he portrayed Luke very well and he was a joy to watch. James Nesbitt starred as Malachys boss which was good as it meant all of the main characters were really familiar actors who were British.
I initially liked the character of Luke however he really began to grate on me about an hour into the film. He was rude to his brother and rude to Malachy too and all he seemed interested in was drinking, drugs and sex. However, he had a father to care for who was an addict so it is understandable why Luke was often a bit snappy and took his anger out on others.
The film does show a lot of underage drinking and smoking and even drugs. I'm not sure about this. I mean I know it happens however they seem to be doing it so regularly and not batting an eyelid. However, they do find that their lifestyle does often end badly with Malachy and Luke fighting, Malachy stealing a car etc. So this does sort of give the impression to young people that drinking in excess can cause you to do things you wouldnt normally dream of doing so in that way it is good as it acts as a sort of warning.
The plot flowed fairly well and for the whole film I really had no idea what the ending was going to be. The ending actually made me gasp despite seeing the teaser at the beginning of the film!
The film was released in 2009.
The DVD was released in April 2010.
It stars Rupert Grint, Kimberley Nixon, Robert Sheehan and James Nesbitt.
It has a runtime of 86 minutes.
It is a classified 15 in the UK which I think is about right.
The DVD is currently selling on Amazon for £4.13.
I found this a really strong film. I enjoyed watching numerous actors portray these characters and really liked seeing Rupert Grint, The plot is good but is quite slow initially. It then speeds up and I found myself hooked on what was going to happen next. The film is a very solid drama about coming of age and the obstacles teenagers have to overcome. I think it is worth the £4.13 price tag, however, if you have sky movies try and find it on there first!