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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?


Sarah Pasquali:  The Art Director appears as 'woman who looks nothing like Jordana'. 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 Crocodile Dundee (1986) See more »


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Great Directorial Debut
19 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

We had the pleasure of seeing and listening to Richard Ayoade in person at last night's screening at the Glasgow Film Festival.

I am normally a bit scared of coming-of-age movies, mainly because of potential cheesiness and annoying child actors but Submarine managed to an accurate, funny portrayal of the hell of teenage UK school life. There were some slightly Adrian Mole-esque moments but that's not a bad thing.

The audience at the screening seemed to think that the whole thing was a rip-roaring comedy and laughed at points which were obviously supposed to be more poignant or sad. Overall, however, the tone is one of wry comedy at the horrors of growing up and even subjects such as brain tumors & divorce are treated as lightly heartedly as possible.

Don't be put off that Ben Stiller's production company was behind funding the film - it has nothing in common with a Hollywood teen movie. One of the best British films we have seen.

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