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.

Director:

Richard Ayoade

Writers:

Richard Ayoade, Joe Dunthorne (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Taylor ... Lloyd Tate
Paddy Considine ... Graham Purvis
Craig Roberts ... Oliver Tate
Yasmin Paige ... Jordana Bevan
Sally Hawkins ... Jill Tate
Darren Evans ... Chips
Osian Cai Dulais Osian Cai Dulais ... Mark Pritchard
Lily McCann Lily McCann ... Zoe Preece
Otis Lloyd Otis Lloyd ... Keiron
Elinor Crawley ... Abby Smuts
Steffan Rhodri Steffan Rhodri ... Mr. Davey
Gemma Chan ... Kim-Lin
Melanie Walters ... Jude Bevan
Sion Tudor Owen ... Brynn Bevan
Adrienne O'Sullivan Adrienne O'Sullivan ... Jackie
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A comedy that doesn't let principles stand in the way of progress.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

All the way at the end of the movie, Oliver and Jordana are standing right next to each other on the beach, with Jordana's dog between them. Then the camera changes and they are seen from behind. Suddenly, they are much further apart and the dog is at the other side of Jordana. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Tate: Dad, who would you save first in a house fire given the hypothetical situation that both mum and I were equally difficult to save?
Lloyd Tate: I'd save your mother first so we had a better chance of working together to save you.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Piledriver Waltz
Performed by Alex Turner
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Quirky and worthwhile film
31 July 2011 | by billcr12See 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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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Submarine See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,832, 5 June 2011

Gross USA:

$467,602

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,875,173
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SDDS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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