Submarine

  • 15
  • Richard Ayoade (2010)
  • UK
  • 92 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This sweet-natured feature debut from Richard Ayoade has been compared to American coming-of-age movies such as Rushmore and The Squid and the Whale, but its influences also feel closer to home. In fact, there's more than a touch of the Adrian Moles about the utterly self-obsessed yet likeable central character of 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts). The film charts Oliver's first love affair and the troubled marriage of his middle-class parents (excellently played by Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor), whose relationship is heading down the tubes owing to the arrival of old flame Graham (Paddy Considine), a mullet-sporting new ager. Ayoade is best known to television audiences as Moss from Channel 4's The IT Crowd and has also directed pop promos for the likes of Arctic Monkeys (the band's Alex Turner contributes five songs to the film's soundtrack). But what's most impressive here is his sure, sympathetic handling of character; he generates a real warmth for Oliver and his travails where a lesser director might have contented themselves with cheap laughs at the love-struck teen's expense.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Craig Roberts, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine. Precocious Welsh teenager Oliver Tate tries to deal with his first real relationship and save his parents' marriage in Richard Ayoade's coming-of-age tale.

Cast and crew

Cast

Lloyd Tate
Noah Taylor
Graham Purvis
Paddy Considine
Oliver Tate
Craig Roberts
Jordana Bevan
Yasmin Paige
Jill Tate
Sally Hawkins
Chips
Darren Evans
Kim-Lin
Gemma Chan
Zoe Preece
Lily McCann
Mr Davey
Steffan Rhodri
Jude Bevan
Melanie Walters

Crew

Director
Richard Ayoade

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum
Guidance: 
Swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 18 Mar 2011
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Optimum Releasing
Categories
Comedy
Drama