Submarine (2010) - Comedy, Drama, Romance

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15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Richard Ayoade
Stars: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins
Length: 97 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 29 out of 111 found boring (26.12%)

One-line Reviews (101)

The film is heavily reminiscent of later works like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Perks of Being a Wallflower in that it belongs to the category of, what I call, "neo-coming of age," where films are bent on quirks, eccentricities, and heavily scripted dialog in the form of lengthy monologues and precocious characters to appeal to the kids who aren't as likely to speak first in class or completely go unnoticed all together.

It's a coming of age teen movie with different style.

Very entertaining.

The twin story lines dovetail perfectly, with a punchline that's completely unexpected and rings utterly true.

The film is very exciting, emotional and maybe a little depressing.

Well in this coming of age comedy drama we follow one teenage boy and hear his inner monologue through it all.

It's a real moment like this, where Ayoade limits the camera movement to a simple pan, debunking the false narrative we make and showing that realness always comes unexpected and can't be grasped or broken down to be understood.

The seemingly enigmatic situation of the relationship between his parents slow the movie down in second half.

This was a truly interesting British surprise and one of the most original and refreshing thought-provoking movies made on the ''coming of age'' subject.

Original, offbeat, quirky and deliciously unpredictable right down to the final scene this is a film not to be missed.

This is another entry into the precocious teen coming of age movie.

We witness the coming of age of the young protagonist as he learns about life's cold-hard truths.

Oliver immersed in his Jordana, v1.01 .

To me the film was memorable and entertaining, creating very unique characters that could only be seen within traditional literature.

This is a sharply observed black comedy and coming of age story, built from great energy and a script that is brimming with clever details.

There was a couple of excellent dream sequence scenes and it was enjoyable throughout.

For me , very evocative of an English childhood.

An awful, boring movie full of awfully boring characters .

Equally compelling is that she is a kid!

The movie all around was an unexpected gem and knowing nothing about the movie going in I came out with a positive feeling on the movie.

Stylistically Submarine combines drab realism with a gentle parody of French New Wave Cinema seen in the large text on the opening credits and the kaleidoscopic vision of Jordana wearing her heart shaped sunglasses.

Led by a wonderful cast and witty directing it is a greatly enjoyable movie.

The pacing is very slow.

I haven't seen him before, but I though he made a good fist of a pretty uninspiring lead character.

Submarine is a coming of age teen romance, dramedy set in Wales directed by newcomer Richard Ayoade.

I'm not sure how much this movie adds to the canon of coming of age stories, but its gentle humor and sympathetic characters made it enjoyable for me.

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

As a result of an artfully made, endearing and enjoyable experience, the film gently implies a progressive and positive message.

'Submarine' has created its own category, as it's quite different from Ayoade's brilliant TV comedies, It has a very unique, personal language and sensibility, which is equally thrilling and satisfying for the viewers.

Is this supposed to be a satire on the absurdity of coming of age films?

Others seem to have found Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins to their taste, playing the protagonist's parents, but I found them dull and uninteresting.

The boring dad, tempted mom, crazy bullies.

I find "Submarine" awfully boring.

The film's first act, which spins around a depressed teenager called Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), is often exhilarating; a giddy orgy of colours, voice-overs and snappy camera work.

All in all this was an enjoyable little film that I hope gets the recognition it so well deserves.

However, the other characters, including Olivers parents and Graham, were forgettable in my opinion - their attitudes came off as boring.

Dark & Uninspiring .

It's tender and funny and Welsh, and worth the watch if you like the old coming-of-age song and dance.

He also fantasises that he is in a film, and that the film will end up with him searching for Jordana on a beach and how it will end in an arty-farty, pretentious manner aimed to encourage discussion among chin-strokers.

And I really enjoyed it.

Sure, it may sound somewhat similar to all the coming-of-age stories that have hit the cinema recently, but what makes Submarine so special is Richard Ayoade's ability to capture the essence of growing up; the joy, the optimism and the tenderness alongside all the angst, confusion and depression too.

Overall it was entertaining, but suffered from a few patches that dragged on.

It had its lulls, especially after the funny opening few scenes.

As a result it's a deeply engaging and touchingly funny film that's a little too close to the knuckle at times.

Both sides of the film are fantastically written and directed by Richard Ayoade, with unique cinematography and a fantastic script along with some quirky aspects such as the use of parts in the film, and different colours between scenes depending on the mood — red in part one signalising Oliver Tate's excitement and confusion and blue in part two to show that the emotion is kicking in.

It brings the viewer back to the confusing age we all remember and never envy, and shows us conflict and every-day turmoil through the lens of a psyche which has never had to come to terms with the realities of human flaw.

Most of Submarine's deadpan humour is derived from the inconsequential and mundane circumstances of Oliver Tate's life.

With a different flavour, they are often more satisfying than the run-of-the-mill Hollywood formulaic comedies.

Directed by Richard Ayoade, "Submarine" is a coming of age drama set in small town Wales.

Most teen romance coming-of-age movies are completely predictable, especially the American ones.

He's awfully pretentious too.

It tried to do too much, it should of just stuck with a single theme, like it was too much of a coming of age idea for trying too evoke serious thoughts, probably like a 7/10.

Welsh teen Oliver Tate's creative impulses get the best of him in his attempts to woo classmate Jordana Bevan while stabilizing his drab parents' marriage from falling apart is depicted with almost Hal Ashbian élan from newcomer Richard Ayoade who has a very wonderfully inventive cinematic eye (and lots of capable help from gifted cinematographer Erik Wilson) in his delightfully off-beat adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's novel.

What also excels Ayoade's film from being just another British coming of age story is the stylishness of his direction.

It should of went with more dark style humour and stuck with the serious side of the issues of mentality and love and left the coming of age as a sorta back ground theme.

Set at an undisclosed time in the eighties 'Submarine' is a Welsh coming of age comedy/drama.

On top of its cinematic style, Submarine also has great acting, stunning seaside scenery, a creative story and an excellent soundtrack.

Over all though, a pretty enjoyable 97 minutes; a nice, gentle, coming-of-age comedy, one I have no problem in deeming… RECOMMENDED.

Dull and boring .

Submarine is a simple coming of age story, without the solid plot of the British film veterans.

I watched this film "by accident" and i have to say i really enjoyed it.

This is a difficult combination to achieve, with many films either veering to over-complicate, or over-engineer the technique of story telling to the point of distraction or implausibility - alternately there are films that feel very grounded and yet are thoroughly dull and tedious to view.

I managed to get through this complete dross by fast-forwarding in some parts, it was so death-defyingly boring all the way.

He strives to be the perfect boyfriend, but is also very concerned about the slow collapse of his parents' marriage.

Some plot confusion early on: I couldn't quite figure out why loads of Polaroid photos of the two kissing would lead the the guy being branded 'gay' by his homophobic classmates, nor why the girl would want to expose him to that...

The quirkiness and magic of the French New Wave have been copied and ripped-off so often that nowadays when it is used it can come across as pretentious.

The unusual take a teen boy's dealing with first time love, sex and dysfunctional parents is really compelling.

I don't know why, but the film feels so real, so unpretentious, and yet so thoroughly absorbing.

The characters were horrible people and the storyline was cringy and dull.

Even though a lot of the movie takes place in industrial places the imagery still looks stunning.

'Submarine' is a wonderfully engaging film.

It is a coming of age story with some additional interest in the relationships of the older generation.

The cinematography is beautiful due to the beautiful camera angles and the entertaining scenery.

A charming tale brought to life by former sitcom-star Richard Ayoade, an unexpected triumph both on paper and behind the camera.

Absolutely stunning .

it was really the worst movie I have seen for a long time!

Submarine could have been one of my favorite movies, had I seen it in my teenage years; as an adult, it is still a very entertaining and refreshing take on the coming-of-age genre.

7.5/10 – Good style, formulaic plot.

But if, like me, you find Anderson twee and vapid, and just feel too old for displays of teenage fretting, then you'll be as bored by Submarine as I was.

That was one of the most unexpected, original moments and that made me laugh a lot.

However, the monotone nature of the film lacks any kind of justification as to whether or not we're supposed to feel glum during the course of this film, or at least recognize the film channeling morose themes of love and early onset disillusionment.

An impressive and enjoyable, if flawed directorial debut .

Originally refreshing and thought-provoking ''coming of age'' dramatic comedy, .

It's a well acted tale that frequently looks stunning in the faux films that Tate imagines his life is transpiring in.

It is also a debut film for the writer/director Richard Ayoade, better known as a Comedian/Actor with a fine knack of brightening up some of the dullest material.

Over all 7.5/10 good film definitely worth watching.

Ashbian coming of age indie dramedy gem .

Filled with fantastic performances, namely Craig Roberts, well- written comedy and drama, likable characters, a gripping plot and interesting quirks, this film is proud to be British, and it's great.

If I hadn't arranged for a group to go see the film and felt a responsibility, a word whose meaning I'm sure is unfamiliar to you Mr. Aoyade, I would have walked out of the film in the first five minutes.

Interesting to note that in his younger days Taylor played the young man in the excellent Australian coming of age films: "The Year My Voice Broke," and "Flirting.

Noah Taylor is fantastic as Oliver's marine biologist father Lloyd a kind but extremely boring man.

Overall, I - sort of - enjoyed it the second time around.

I loved the different style of humor the film showcased, as it is very dry.

The characters did seem pretty realistic and the acting was all good, I thought the things it said about human nature were intesting and I enjoyed it a lot.

Overall a very good movie and definitely worth watching more than once.

Certainly a young star to keep an eye on, it was refreshing to see an English coming of age story that didn't go down the typical Skins style route.

The only reservation that I possess is the fact that I think the screenplay in the middle became slightly dull for a few minutes.

While I didn't quite find what I was looking for, Submarine prove itself to be a very enjoyable movie.

A little slow paced on occasion, it could have done with an extra thread of story.

Sally Hawkins looks too young, (even with her frumpy makeover,) to be completely believable as Oliver's highly strung mother Jill nevertheless she puts in an entertaining performance as a woman whose parenting skills emanate from a series of self-help manuals.

It is not without laughs, but it is a wry, wistful, sometimes painful, often touching, and always honest account of a lad going through a difficult time (and possibly making it even more entertaining for himself).