Having You (2013)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  4 June 2013 (UK)
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Jack has finally managed to propose to his girlfriend when his life is turned upside down by the arrival of an old one-night stand that introduces him to his seven year old son.



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Complete credited cast:
Andrew Buchan ...
Peter (as Phil Davis)
Isaac Andrews ...
Harry Hadden-Paton ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Deakin ...
Mrs. Haughton
Lorna Gayle ...
John Heffernan ...
Dr. Matthew Jenson
Christopher Kelham ...
Tim (as Chris Kelham)
Bill Thomas ...
Mr. Rivers


This film tells the story of a man named Jack who's living with his pregnant partner Camilla but one day Anna, a one-night stand from 8 years earlier shows up and informs him he has a son called Phoenix. Jack begins to spend time with his son but is reluctant to tell Camilla about everything that's been going on. She later finds out when Phoenix has an accident on the playground and is rushed to the hospital where Camilla works. She and Jack fall out. A little way down the road it's revealed that Anna has a terminal illness and she asks Jack to look after Phoenix once she's gone which he agrees to. In the end Anna dies and Phoenix goes to live with Jack who makes things right with Camilla. The film ends before Camilla has her baby.

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Life is never easy, but for Jack it's about to get a whole lot harder


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Look out, Jack...
5 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After nine years, Jack (Andrew Buchan), proposes to his infertile girlfriend Camille (Romola Garai), whilst working in a seemingly poor job fixing old arcade machines with best (and possibly only) friend and boss Paul (Steven Cree), with his chess loving father Peter (Philip Davies) pressuring him to get a real job in order to fully support her. Complications, however, begin to arrive when Anna (Anna Friel) an old one night stand from years back, turns up at his doorstep with her seven year old son Phoenix (Issac Andrews) claiming that he just may be the father.

The most admirable thing about Having You is the character development and the writer's ability to keep them grounded and realistic, so that we care about them enough and grow invested in them. It's a tale of human nature and responsibility, and we follow Jack on his journey of coming to terms with the mistakes he has made and facing them like a true adult, responsibly and maturely; not to mention dealing with a shut down and difficult relationship with his father, the growing struggles of keeping his family a secret from the completely clueless Camille, and old habits rearing their ugly heads back into the picture as Jack struggles with the troubling hand he has been dealt.

A real plus in the matter is Steven Cree's witty and often hilarious portrayal of the easy-going boss (who acts more like a teenager trapped in a man's body), who really gives the film that comic relief in the occasional moments in which he shares screen time.

Towards the last half hour, the film takes a dramatic change in direction that does its job exceptionally well by building up the emotions and tension before delivering a powerful and heartbreaking finale that really hits the audience hard. Unfortunately, it is such a film that will go without any real recognition, and this is a real shame due to it's impressive quality and well crafted storytelling.

My Verdict: Emotional, character driven and grounded, Having You is one of those rare gems that sticks with you long after it's over.

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