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Having You (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 June 2013 (Hungary)
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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Sam Hoare

Writer:

Sam Hoare
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Complete credited cast:
Anna Friel ... Anna
Romola Garai ... Camilla
Andrew Buchan ... Jack
Phil Davis ... Peter
Isaac Andrews ... Phoenix
Steven Cree ... Paul
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Barry
Hattie Morahan ... Lucy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Deakin Julia Deakin ... Mrs. Haughton
Lorna Gayle Lorna Gayle ... Michelle
John Heffernan ... Dr. Matthew Jenson
Christopher Kelham Christopher Kelham ... Tim (as Chris Kelham)
Sally Scott ... Jessica
Bill Thomas Bill Thomas ... Mr. Rivers
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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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Life is never easy, but for Jack it's about to get a whole lot harder

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Comedy | Drama

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[last lines]
Anna: [In a post death letter to her offspring Phoenix] PS... Don't play too many video games
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Won't Go Back
Written and Performed by Will Nott
Courtesy of Will Nott
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An excellent, understated bittersweet drama
8 April 2018 | by JamesMcIrishSee all my reviews

An unexpected gem.

I started watching this on TV without having heard of it or seen any inkling of what it was about. I was immediately taken in by the story, which portrays a normal, good, average guy dealing with a difficult situation. It managed to capture my attention quickly because of its carefully crafted portrayal of life as it often is; flawed, imperfect, but ultimately well-meaning and plain "normal".

There is no unnecessary menace. No fabrication of conflict, often derived purely by the script-writers by forcing characters to "act stupid" in order to create drama that wouldn't otherwise exist (Walking Dead is a good example of that popular cinematic crime). Everyone (with perhaps the exception of the father, and Barry) makes decisions which we can all relate to, with no suspension of disbelief required. It is that which made the film both heartfelt, and truly engaging. At every turn I felt I could actually relate to the characters. A rare treat in this world of plastic cinema and counterfeit drama.

It is certainly slow moving, and lacking in "theatrics", but this is precisely why it works. It doesn't rely on cliches or any of the banal moralising tripe that swamps so many Hollywood films. The decisions and choices that the central characters makes are immediately humane and real.

If you like blockbusters, and only blockbusters, then you'll probably hate this film for its slow pace and lack of action. If, however, you aren't a soulless dolt then maybe you'll even shed a tear at the finale like I did. Unusually for me, I didn't feel totally manipulated in doing so.

Great cast, great script, great film.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 2013 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyermekeink apja See more »

Filming Locations:

Tooting, London, England, UK See more »

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