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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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  • Actors: Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins
  • Directors: Richard Ayoade
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005C7SXNW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Submarine [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Again, this is a very quirky movie.
Eric Sanberg
The Welsh setting is used well to give the film a distinct identity, and the cinematography really showcases the beautiful landscape.
schmettajames
And do not expect much from the extras which only features a Making Of special and a couple deleted scenes.
Scooter McGavin

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 27, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom S on August 19, 2014
Format: DVD
Coming of age films have been hit or miss in recent years—in fact, I think they’ve been a little less
frequent compared to when I was younger. Then again, maybe coming of age films have more of an
impact when you’re actually… well… coming of age. The new film Submarine is a self-proclaimed coming
of age film, but it doesn’t look like the coming of age movies I remembered as a kid--like Porky’s (1982)
or Ferris Bueller’s Day off (1986), and wow did I just date myself.
At 15, protagonist Oliver Tate (played by relative newcomer Craig Roberts) pursues who he believes to
be the love of his life while trying to help save his parents’ marriage. The girl of his dreams, played by
Yasmin Paige, is (for all intents and purposes) a pyromaniac and simply an oddball. Then again, all the
characters in this film are too—oddballs that is, not pyromaniacs. But this only endears you to this
quirky, off-beat comedy all the more.
Don’t be fooled by the above-the-title credit given to Ben Stiller, who was a producer for the film. Not
only is his presence in the film limited to a cameo on a soap opera that flashes on the screen for
precious seconds, but this film’s sense of humor cannot be traced back to a Ben Stiller style. No antics,
not much empty comedy calories in this film—so perhaps Stiller wanted to express a comedic bent we
don’t get to see in many of his films. Or maybe he just wasn’t that involved in writing Submarine (which
was written by another relative newcomer Richard Ayoade).
This film takes you in several different directions, and each one of them is as well constructed as the
last. The subplot of Oliver’s mother (played by Sally Hawkins) flirting with ex-lover now neighbor
Graham Purvis (played by Paddy Considine) is as engaging and funny a storyline as Oliver’s pursuit.
Roberts plays his protagonist with a lot of emotion and energy—and Paige has equal depth and
vulnerabilities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on October 16, 2011
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cissy on December 19, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a Christmas present that was requested. The person receiving the gift will be very happy to get it.
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This starts out SO great, with an opening title card that had me laughing out loud, that the modest decline during it's running time is more frustrating than it really should be,

Two flaws grow as the movie goes on. The narrative gets more forced in it's eccentricity, straining a bit for effect, and robbing the dark comedy of some of the emotional power it promises to deliver, along with all the quirks. (The ending especially feels a bit of a cop out). Beyond that, over time, the explicit stylistic references to other films (the list is long but Wes Anderson in general and "Rushmore" in particular lead the way) started to make me question the seeming originality of the film's voice.

This is yet another off-beat film about a moody, pseudo-intellectual self-involved mid-teen odd-ball outsider. But unlike "Rushmore", or "The Graduate" that tale doesn't seem to have been made over in a whole fresh new way for it's time, and unlike "Harold and Maude" or even "The Joys of Being a Wallflower" there isn't an emotional wallop to pay it all off.

So why did I still quite like it? For one thing, the performances are very good. Young actors are always tricky and Ayoade gets excellent and subtle work from his self-serious lead Craig Roberts, and the anti-romantic and edgy object of his affections Yasmin Page. And any supporting cast with Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins is always going to deliver. The first half really feels original and organic, in spite of the stylistic lifts. And for every time the film trips over a slightly unbelievable or convenient twist, or a too obvious homage, there is another moment that feels fresh and honest -- giving us an amusing unreliable narrator who clearly has his flaws, and ending up with a very good and inventive film about being an outsider teen. I just wish it's first sections hadn't set me up to want an even more original and all time great one.
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