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Submarine (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  18 March 2011 (UK)
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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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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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 March 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Podmornica  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£244,476 (UK) (18 March 2011)


$466,702 (USA) (12 August 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Towards the beginning of the film's prologue, Oliver is imagining what would happen if he were to die. In the daydream, Oliver refers to the man on the PA system as "Mr. Dunthorne". This is most likely a reference to Joe Dunthorne, the author of the novel which the movie is based upon. See more »


Towards the end of the film, when Jordana sits next to her new boyfriend while talking to Oliver, she puts her hair back behind her ears. In the very next shot, her hair is back in front of her ears. See more »


Oliver Tate: I knew then it was too late to save her. She'd gone gooey in the middle. From now on she'll buy little gifts for her favourite teachers and she'll admire the scenery and she'll buy soup for homeless people. And she'll never burn my leg here again.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Le Cercle Rouge (1970) See more »


Lux Aeterna
Written by Nigel W. Graham, Christian Telford
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Quirky and worthwhile film
31 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most teen romance coming-of-age movies are completely predictable, especially the American ones. High school student, Oliver Tate, as played by Craig Roberts, reminded of an equally quirky Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate." He wanders throughout this comedy with a wisdom far greater than those around him. He spies on his very strange mother & father and tries to keep a relationship with his girlfriend, Jordana(Yasmin Paige) going with very mixed results.

Writer-Director Richard Ayoade does a great job of keeping the pace moving with no wasted moments & a dialogue that is both witty & believable at the same time.

If you are in the mood for a film which will make you smile and even bring back some childhood memories, this a perfect choice; Ayoade is to be commended for a wonderful movie & I eagerly await his next project.

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