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A Boy Called Dad (2009)

 -  Drama  -  27 June 2011 (USA)
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When he becomes a father at the tender age of 14, Robbie's life quickly spirals out of control. Feeling angry and neglected by his own dad, he kick-starts a series of events that will ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Ward ...
Robbie
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Joe
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Nia
Sacha Parkinson ...
Leanne
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Lynda
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Mr. Whippy
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Stevie
Kevin Harvey ...
Mr. Skinner
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Chip Shop Woman
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Young Robbie (as Samuel Webb)
Sienna Jones ...
Newborn Baby Elliot
Alan Stocks ...
Bill the Bookie
Faith Wortley ...
Elliot
Mille Wortley ...
Elliot
Edward Miller ...
Robbie's Mate
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When he becomes a father at the tender age of 14, Robbie's life quickly spirals out of control. Feeling angry and neglected by his own dad, he kick-starts a series of events that will catapult him at great speed into adulthood. Written by Anonymous

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"All I ever wanted was a dad. Instead I got a son..."

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The scene with Kyle Ward driving the car was filmed in Giltbrook Industrial Park. It was a hatchback car; the rear parcel shelf was removed and two or three crew members were crammed in the back with a big boom mike and with a small amount of camera and sound equipment. The car was stationary, as Kyle Ward wasn't old enough to drive. Crew members stood around the car, gently bouncing it up and down to give the appearance of the car being driven. Two crew members used waving boards to make the cloud shadows appear and disappear from the outside surface of the car. See more »

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Very good but maybe a missed opportunity to be even better
21 May 2013 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

This is a drama about the father/son relationship. It follows Robbie a new 14 year old father whose disappointment with his relationship with his father leads him to make some wrong decisions concerning his new born son.

It is a well acted but bleak tale with an excellent performances from Kyle Ward as the young lad who wants to look after his son but is woefully under prepared for such a task. Ian Hart also does a good job as the stay away father that his son doesn't want to turn into.

A Boy Called Dad maybe would have benefited by following a more traditional path like the strong start of the movie as the situations that occur later are pretty implausible. As a result it does feel like this was a missed opportunity to create something really special. The middle of the film feels contrived but the ending I thought was pretty thought provoking and pulled the film back from disappointment.

This is a good small budget film and one I enjoyed and would recommend.


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