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Submarine [Blu-ray] (2010)

Noah Taylor , Paddy Considine , Richard Ayoade  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins
  • Directors: Richard Ayoade
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005C7SXNW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Young Oliver Tate's coming of age is coming even sooner than expected. Prone to daydreaming, listening to French crooners and indulging other self-absorbed fantasies, Oliver (Craig Roberts) suddenly finds himself submerged in real-life, dual challenges -- plotting to lose his virginity with a quirky new girlfriend (Yasmin Paige), while also struggling to reconcile his parent's (Golden Globe® winner Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor) marriage, even though his mom seems smitten with the self-help guru next door (Paddy Considine). This charmingly original comedy from executive producer Ben Stiller and writer/director Richard Ayoade, has been pronounced by Vogue magazine ''a charming mix of quirk and cool.''

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Being a fan of Richard Ayoade from "The Mighty Boosh" and "The IT Crowd," I was eager to check out his feature film debut "Submarine." As the writer and director of this offbeat coming-of-age story, Ayoade demonstrates a deft hand balancing a narrative that is simultaneously outrageous and surprisingly grounded. Championed by Ben Stiller (who takes an executive producer credit), the movie has moments of laugh-out-loud humor to be sure--but it is much more than a conventional teenage romp. I hate using the term quirky as a descriptor. Quirk, as I've often and loudly proclaimed, is the curse of independent cinema. Too many times, eccentric characters and unbelievable situations abound in quirky coming-of-age stories that drain real life relatability out of the comedy. "Submarine," however, employs a real restraint. Its deadpan tone and clever script are its strongest assets in conveying a story that, despite its occasional wackiness, presents identifiable dilemmas and believable protagonists.

Set in contemporary Wales, "Submarine" introduces a high school outsider played by Craig Roberts. Roberts contends with the traditional angst of a boy of fifteen. Trying to navigate the pitfalls of school and, in the process, score his first real girlfriend--Roberts has an understated charm that is pivotal to the success of the film. Even at his most gloriously frustrating, Roberts always holds the story together as one of the most strikingly original heroes I've seen in a while. In addition to his blossoming romance with a very challenging partner, his life faces further upheaval as his parent's marriage seems to be on the brink of destruction. His mother (the always reliable Sally Hawkins) is spending a lot of time with an old paramour who happens to be a neighbor (Paddy Considine).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh... October 18, 2012
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I generally appreciate British humor and quirky comedies, and I really wanted to like this movie because I liked Richard Aoyade so much on "The IT Crowd." (Just to be clear, he's the director of the film; he does not act in it.) It wasn't a bad little movie, but it felt pretty flat overall. The acting was good, and the story was certainly quirky enough (in fact, a bit quirkier than I cared for), but I thought the humor wasn't all that humorous.

What it really reminded me of was one of Wes Anderson's less successful efforts; so imagine what Wes Anderson's take on a coming-of-age film set in a Welsh town...directed on an off day for Wes Anderson...and that's pretty much what "Submarine" is like. If that sounds awesome to you, then, seriously, have at. Otherwise, you should probably pass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I DECIDED TO LIGHTEN THE BLOW WITH SOME LIGHT ARSON, October 16, 2011
The movie takes place in Wales. After missing the first joke, I added the English subtitles. The story is told in first person by school boy Oliver Tate who spends time daydreaming. His vivid imagination is humorous. Oliver has fantasies about Jordana, another semi-outcast. She uses Oliver to make her former boyfriend jealous. Jordana has eczema and likes to set fires. Oliver's mother is a paranoid who believes her tongue is too big for her mouth. Dad is a boring marine biologist who gives Oliver love advice, claiming that if you rip your vest open in front of a woman, you can get a positive response. Oliver believes his mom is having an affair with the neighbor Graham, her former boyfriend, who is a "ninja psychic."

Like too many indies, after they create wonderful quirky characters, the film moves to a less than spectacular climax scene and equally sub-par ending with lame music to make you feel good. 3 1/2 stars.

F-bomb, sex talk. No Nudity.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Grows up Alone August 30, 2012
It's a short putt from here to a Wes Anderson movie, so if you like Anderson, this should do you just fine.

Here's the scoop. Fourteen year old Oliver Tate is in love with his classmate Jordana Bevan. Oliver's folks are having issues in their marriage and mom's old flame has moved in next door. Oliver feels compelled to get the girl and save his folks' marriage.

This is a quirky flick. Oliver is young and too bright for his age so he comes off as kind of gorpy. Jordana seems nice enough but has a dark side and harbors issues regarding closeness and commitment. Of course Oliver only sees what he wants to see in her because he wants to get in her nickers. His mom seems normal enough but dad is an intellectual stick in the mud. Her old flame is way too into himself and his "New Age" guru travelling show, but he's more alive than dad. This film does much to give the viewer the sense of the craziness one experiences when coming of age. The awkwardness and missteps are all brought to the forefront.

Again, this is a very quirky movie. It's set in Whales and sometimes the accents and Oliver's rapid fire delivery of a line kept me from getting everything, but I enjoyed it just the same. And this is only a happy-ish ending. You get the feeling that Oliver and Jordana, if they move into the future together, might not end up as the storybook happy couple. They both have issues to work on.

This is director Richard Ayoade's first feature length film, but he seems to have already found a voice. This is so good I will easily look forward to seeing his next outing
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful and Inventive
It's a funny movie, and the humor comes not only in the writing, but also in the filmmaking. A very creative, energetic, and imaginative effort. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Scott McFarland
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too quiet
I love indie films. I enjoy their quiet starkness. Somehow, this film was just a little too quiet. I also struggled to identify with or understand the main characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather
4.0 out of 5 stars Submarine
It was cute, funny and I never lost interest. I usually start getting bored with most romantic comedy type movies but this one intrigued me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ashley Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting film
While this movie didn't follow the book all that well. It was still a pretty swell movie. There were things left out or changed that I didn't love, but in and of itself it was a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brittany Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Soundtrack
I think that the movie in itself was fantastic and the soundtrack gave it the right emotions. Alex Turner was definitely a good choice.
Published 3 months ago by HungerGamesLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable. Heartwarming. So incredibly wonderful.
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This one of my favorite movies of all time. It's the coming of age story of Oliver Tate, who is navigating his first relationship whilst also trying... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mari
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present
This is a Christmas present that was requested. The person receiving the gift will be very happy to get it.
Published 3 months ago by Cissy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great indie
This obscure little film from Wales is what makes being a film buff fun. It takes an indie director to think out of the box in so many different aspects. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It contains a lovely story line, the director is a genius, the actors are great! I enjoyed it very much.
Published 6 months ago by Jessica Ledezma
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite film in recent years
this is a movie i could watch countless times and still love it. it's endearing and heart-breaking and all of the things you want it to be. Read more
Published 8 months ago by heavysounds
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