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Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 July 2008 (UK)
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The story centers on a 14-year-old girl who keeps a diary about the ups and downs of being a teenager, including the things she learns about kissing.

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Gurinder Chadha

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Georgia Groome ... Georgia Nicolson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Robbie (as Aaron Johnson)
Karen Taylor ... Connie Nicolson
Alan Davies ... Bob Nicolson
Eleanor Tomlinson ... Jas
Georgia Henshaw Georgia Henshaw ... Rosie Barnes
Manjeeven Grewal Manjeeven Grewal ... Ellen
Kimberley Nixon ... Wet Lindsay
Sean Bourke ... Tom
Tommy Bastow ... Dave the Laugh
Liam Hess ... Peter Dyer
Eva Drew Eva Drew ... Libby
Steve Jones ... Jem
Imogen Bain Imogen Bain ... Headmistress
Ingrid Oliver ... Miss Stamp
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Storyline

Angus the fluffy cat retains its dignity even in a crazy Eastbourne family, unlike them. Eldest daughter Georgia is completely besotted with 'Stiff Dylans' band hottie Robbie, who just moved in from London and helps run an organic groceries shop with his brother Tom, whom her best friend Jas has the hots for. Peter Dyer calls Georgia his best ever kissing-course pupil, but she ignores him and later the brothers' other classmate Dave the Laugh. Robbie was considering to dump haughty Lindsay, but reconsiders given the immature brat's apparent cruelty. Thus manipulative Georgia keeps changing her mind about a grand birthday party and her father's career opportunities as engineer in New Zealand, while mother seems to flirt with hunky interior decorator Jem. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive content involving young teens, and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,924,919
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2.35 : 1
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The film has received a "PG-13" rating for suggestive content involving young teens and language, even though the language is not strong. This marks the first film from Nickelodeon Movies to receive that rating. See more »

Goofs

When Robbie and Georgia are walking towards the camera at the end of the beach scene, you see Georgia briefly look into the lens. Georgia Groome mentions this in the DVD Commentary. See more »

Quotes

Georgia Nicolson: Look, I can't go out with you, because... because... because I'm a lesbian.
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Performed by The Stiff Dylans
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Smart funny look at growing up that gives hope to future of British cinema
18 January 2009 | by StampsfightclubSee all my reviews

Georgia Nicolson (Groome) finds her perception of life changes after making a fool of herself at a party. Now she plans to grow up and no sooner does Robbie (Johnson) come to her school, and Georgia instantly falls for him.

After the disappointing adaptation of St Trinians and the decline of British cinema generally over recent years this adaptation appeared to be screened as a mere money making hour and a half entertainment rom-com flick. But thanks to some cheeky youthful performances, a witty script and an underlining message of coming of age, this adaptation of Louise Rennison's best selling novel brings back that feeling of unashamedly British.

In her first leading role Georgia Groome (London to Brighton) carries the film on a charismatic and charming persona that will have the teenage girls laughing their heads off. Her smart timing and in particular her reactions to situations create that comedy feeling that was an essential factor to making the narrative work.

The film undoubtedly starts poorly. When Georgia turns up at a party, it is more than likely she will be an outcast and the fact that she gets embarrassed in front of her enemy and has to change her life is even more so. Nevertheless the comedic approach to the coming of age is likable and hardly clichéd. There is some background to her motion to change and the way she looks at adulthood as a place of comfort is as likable as her cat. The changes she goes through are sweet and realistic given today's modern outlook on the world. In this adaptation, we see many stereotypes and a very accurate look at teen language. The 'oh my god's' will have anyone laughing. The perception of girl's views on boys is a stand out moment.

The stereotypical representations are usually never right. Either they are extremely over exaggerated, for example in controversial drama Kidulthood or they are unnoticeable passive representations such as in St Trinians. The angle on the characters in this 2008 comedy feels right, not over the top with a good sense of purpose and an underlining message of coming of age.

Though good fun, the plot wavers into cliché at the end and doesn't quite have enough punch to believe the arrival of British comedy is truly back.

Having never read the book, I find myself considering after enjoying the good nature of this film. Critics have said the book is funnier, and considering the amount of laughs spilled during the film, it must be an option.


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