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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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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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When Robbie (Kyle Ward) stole the car, crew members stood nearby and squirted the car tyres with WD-40 to make the tyres squeal as it was being driven away by the stunt guy. See more »

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Director of Downton Abbey encroaches onto Ken Loach's territory....
22 March 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For those who praised both the directing and writing of A Boy Called Dad might like to know that Brian Percival (who directed the multi-award winning ITV drama 'Downton Abbey') won a BAFTA along with screenwriter Julie Rutherford. That was a short, About A Girl, in 2001.

This re-teaming in 2009, a small £1million budget and a welcome star name of Ian Hart have produced a modest little gem of a Brit movie, filmed in Liverpool and north Wales. A Boy Called Dad stars 14 y.o. Kyle Ward, a natural and fine performance (though according to IMDb, hasn't been in anything since) from a lad who has a one night stand - and then fatherhood. The mother of the child has little contact with Robbie (Ward) and lives separately.

Enter jack-the-lad Robbie's Dad, a cheeky Liverpudlian with a VW pickup. He left Robbie and his mother some years before and says that he had moved to Ireland, when he had in fact, not. Robbie, after some reacquainting and bonding with his Dad, feels rejected and goes off the rails, kidnaps his own son and makes off in a car.

The film does have its moments of action, bursts of anger and a lot of quiet moments of contemplation and emotion. It won't suit everyone, though its very humanity should appeal to us all. It's whether we choose to actually sit down and watch it rather than something more gimmicky and instantly gratifying. It's not a great movie, but a good one.


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