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The ever-dependable Phil Davis - perhaps best known for his TV work, including
- brings a touch of class to this quirky, middling British comedy. He plays Philip, a curmudgeonly, Steptoe-style pensioner, who strikes up an unlikely but uplifting relationship with gormless youth Kevin (Theo Barklem-Biggs) when the latter tries to burgle his home to settle a debt with local crime kingpin "Ninja Nigel" (Warren Brown). Together, the old man and the young offender turn the tables on the tyrant and begin to find a new sense of purpose in both their lives. Barklem-Biggs is impressive, with a little of the Nicholas Lyndhurst about him, but first-time writer/director Jules Bishop rather overdoes things; Kevin's gormlessness, Philip's crustiness and Ninja Nigel's kung-foolery are all cartoonishly overplayed. However,
does have its heart in the right place and you'll happily invest in the likeable lead characters.
A would-be criminal desperately needs money to pay off a gangster and tries to rob a house, only to be disturbed by the owner, a gun-toting elderly recluse. The old man takes pity on the inept burglar, and an unlikely friendship develops between the pair. Comedy drama, starring Philip Davis and Theo Barklem-Biggs.
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13 Sep 2013
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