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Sweet Sixteen (I) (2002)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  4 October 2002 (UK)
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Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.

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Liam
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Annmarie Fulton ...
Michelle Abercromby ...
Suzanne
Michelle Coulter ...
Jean
Gary McCormack ...
Stan
Tommy McKee ...
Rab
Calum McAlees ...
Calum
Robert Rennie ...
Scullion
Martin McCardie ...
Tony
Robert Harrison ...
Tony's gang
George McNeilage ...
Tony's gang
Rikki Traynor ...
Tony's gang
Jon Morrison ...
Douglas
Junior Walker ...
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Liam is a young, restless teen struggling to realize his dream in the gritty and dismal streets of Greenock, where unemployment is rampant and little hope is available to the city's youth. He is waiting for the release of his mother, Jean, from prison where she is completing a prison term for a crime that her boyfriend actually committed. Her boyfriend, Stan, is a crude and obnoxious drug pusher is partnered by Liam's equally rough and foul-mouthed, mean-spirited grandfather. Liam is determined to rescue his mother from both of them, which means creating a safe haven beyond their reach. But first he's got to raise the cash--no small feat for a young man It's not long before Liam and his pals' crazy schemes lead them into all sorts of trouble. Finding himself dangerously out of his depth, Liam knows he should walk away. Only this time, he just can't let go. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,276 (Hong Kong) (27 June 2003)

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$304,676 (USA) (11 July 2003)
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The film sparked a censorship debate in the UK regarding the amount of bad language used. Under current British Board of Film Classification rules, multiple uses of the word "fuck" usually only warrant a 15-certificate, but even a single aggressive use of the word "cunt" tends to lead to an 18-certificate, as was the case with Sweet Sixteen. It was argued, however, that this would prevent the people who could most closely identify with the characters in the film from going to see it, and that such language was much more commonly used, and therefore less offensive, in the north of the UK, where the film was set. The London based censors, however, stuck to their guns, although the local authority who cover the area where the film was shot, Inverclyde, utilized their cinema licensing powers to overrule this, and awarded the film a 15-certificate for screenings in their area. See more »

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A shocking but Brilliant adventure
1 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Sweet Sixteen was for sure shocking but definitely also brilliant, as it portrays a story of violence and sadness in an emotional film of modern day Scotland. Ken Loach has gripped well the idea of suspense by setting it in an unusual situation such as Liam's. This film is packed with all the criminal activities you would find in a film-noir, but also comic scenes and it has a sentimental value of its own which makes it original in all ways. Very well teamed cast and crew that bring the idea and story of the film together to make you think about life in another way. It is definitely a film with a message hidden behind, a not obvious message, but one that can help understand teenage behaviour mixing comedic, violent and dramatic feelings amongst all young people.


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