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The Boy in the Dress (2014)

Dennis, a twelve-year-old boy, enjoys football and fashion. The film shows the reactions of his family and friends to his eclectic activities.


Matt Lipsey


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Kennedy ... Dennis
Felicity Montagu ... Miss Price
Tim McInnerny ... Mr. Hawthorn
Temi Orelaja Temi Orelaja ... Lisa
Jennifer Saunders ... Miss Windsor
Aaron Chawla ... Darvesh
Meera Syal ... Jaspreet
Rosheen Hinze Rosheen Hinze ... Cherise
Oliver Barry-Brook Oliver Barry-Brook ... John
Steve Speirs ... Peter
Emma Cooke ... Mum
Harish Patel ... Raj
Kate Moss ... Kate Moss
Sonny Ashbourne Serkis Sonny Ashbourne Serkis ... Gareth
James Buckley ... Mr. Norris


*May Contain Spoilers* Dennis attends a school with a very strict dress code and, although he is their football team's star striker, he feels out of place, missing the glamorous mother who walked out on the family, leaving him feeling estranged from his father. After being attracted to a fashion magazine he befriends free-spirited school-mate Lisa, a talented would-be designer, who persuades him to model a dress she has made. Initially he feels awkward but takes to the cross-dressing as his own form of rebellion and wears the dress to school, passing himself off as a French girl, but he is exposed and expelled by the stony headmaster. With no Dennis the soccer team looks doomed in a cup final against a superior side but Lisa has an idea and the whole team takes to the field in dresses, defying the head to expel them too if Dennis cannot play. As a result he helps win the cup and is declared a hero, reunited with his father, though he is still expelled - until he discovers the ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama | Family


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Dennis dresses up as a girl and calls himself Denise, this could *possibly* be a nod to Twin Peaks, where a man, named Dennis, dresses up as a woman and calls himself Denise. See more »

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Dennis to Denise
28 May 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Based on David Walliams children's book, The Boy in the Dress is a film with a subversive message about the celebration of diversity.

Young Dennis is an ordinary schoolboy in an ordinary house in an ordinary street. Apart from the fact that his mum left them leaving his dad to raise Dennis and his brother single handedly.

Dennis is good at football although the school captain does not appreciate his sporting skills. However Dennis likes fashion, haute couture. He buys fashion magazines as it brings colour to his life.

Helped by Lisa a fellow pupil who is always in trouble at school for breaching the uniform policy. Dennis transforms to a visiting french pupil, Denise as he shows up to school in a dress and turns head.

However it is not long before Denise is exposed at school, the strict headmaster is less than pleased with his shenanigans and gross breach of the school uniform policy.

The Boy in the Dress is a pleasant whimsical film, with many trademark plot points that we have now come to expect from David Walliams adaptations. Some grotesque characters such as the headmaster, Raj the shopkeeper and a father who is doing his best but all at sea being a single father.

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26 December 2014 (UK) See more »

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De jongen in de jurk See more »

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