The Scouting Book for Boys

  • 15
  • Tom Harper (3) (2009)
  • UK
  • 88 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

There are two halves to this promising, low-budget British feature: the first is a lovely, bittersweet tale of young friendships and unrequited love; the second is more problematic, a violent slice of lurid psychodrama. Set in a Norfolk caravan park, it stars Thomas Turgoose (This Is England) and Holliday Grainger as David and Emily, two lifelong friends whose future together is threatened when Emily's estranged father reveals plans to take his daughter away. Emily disappears, prompting a huge local manhunt, but in spite of his statements to the contrary, David knows more of her whereabouts than he is letting on. Up until this point, director Tom Harper's feature debut is a wistful and atmospheric drama, with superb performances from Turgoose and especially Grainger. A strong stomach, however, may be needed for the climax, in which all the story's subtleties are blown away by a heavy-handed twist that, poetic as it may be, seems to have drifted in from another film entirely.

Plot Summary

Thriller starring Thomas Turgoose and Holliday Grainger. Teenagers David and Emily have a carefree life in a coastal caravan park, so they are both distraught when Emily learns that she might have to leave. She decides to run away, with David's help - but she is not telling him everything.

Cast and crew

Cast

Kertzer
Steven Mackintosh
David
Thomas Turgoose
Steve
Rafe Spall
Sharon
Susan Lynch
Emily
Holly Grainger
Jim
Tony Maudsley
Charlie
Ewen Macintosh
Betty
Lorraine Bruce

Crew

Director
Tom Harper (3)

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Pathé
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sexual references, brief nudity.
Available on DVD
Released 19 Mar 2010
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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