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High school oddball Gregory (Gordon Sinclair, Local Hero) discovers that the only thing better than scoring on the soccer field is scoring off it in this "ever delightful adolescent romantic comedy" (The Village Voice) that won a British Academy Award for Best Screenplay. "Likable andlight-hearted" (The Hollywood Reporter), this delightful Scottish film triumphs with "sweetness, good humor, a gentle, compassionate spirit and winning performances" (Los Angeles Times)! Gregory is upset. He's been bumped from his position on the soccer team by a girl! However, his anger turns to frustration when he realizes that he's not only jealous of his replacement he's also in love with her! And though she agrees to go out on a date with him, Gregory finds that, as both a player and a love interest, she kicks well above his head! "Fresh, true, funny [and] full of charm" (The New Republic), Gregory's Girl is the match of the day!
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This is a charming film about high school students, their lives and their hoped for loves in the early 80's.It's a very down to earth and real film whose plot may be slight but which speaks volumes about growing up to people everywhere and seems as relevant now as it was when it was made and never seems just a retro time capsule.It does this by keeping things real. Gregory is a tall, lanky boy, rather awkward in his sudden growth - "Five inches this year" - and he plays forward center on his school's football (soccer) team, a team that has lost eight straight games much to the coach's chagrin though Gregory sees some humor in how bad they are. Along with the rest of his schoolmates he is fascinated by girls and wonders what it might be like to have a girlfriend. Into all this comes Dorothy, a good looking and athletic girl who is better at sports than any of the boys and who makes the team despite the coach's objections due to her gender. Gregory himself is demoted to goal keeper as Dorothy gets his old position, but doesn't mind. He tells the coach that times have changed and besides, he has a mad crush on Dorothy. How this plays out for Gregory with the help of the local girls becomes the plot of the movie.
What helps this film stay fresh and innocent is how much it differs from American High School films of the 80's. Now I'm a fan of those, too, but they tend to have a bigger-than-life, overblown feeling to them, unless you think Ferris Bueller's day is typical. The events here seem totally normal for any high school student, and there isn't even a wild, folks-are-out-of-town party for 400 or so kids. The students are all played by unknown actors (at the time) who were age appropriate for their roles and not known actors in their twenties playing teenagers, another common feature of the American genre. The soundtrack doesn't feature big hits of the day that would now date it. So sit back and enjoy a quiet film about growing up.
Real-seeming as it is, this is a Bill Forsyth film, so it has its quirks (like Local Hero's girl with webbed toes), so be ready for a boy who walks the halls of the school in a penguin suit for no apparent reason. Gregory's little sister seemed a bit too wise for a ten year old, but it's not a major problem. Like Kes (1969), a serious and downbeat but powerful film about a boy growing up in Yorkshire, Gregory's Girl was dubbed in places by speakers with less thick regional accents for American release. I don't know if that's true of this streamed version or not, but if it was, it wasn't noticeable.
I noticed that about ten times more people have reviewed Local Hero, one of my all time favorite films. That probably indicates that a lot less people have seen Gregory's Girl. So I'll just say that all you Local Hero fans should see this film as well.
The humor across the ocean is a little different than in the US and if you're not willing to tune your ear to the wonderful cadences of a Scottish Brogue, then bypass Gregory and his girls.
But for those willing to wade in - Gregory's Girl presents an opportunity to be delighted with little to offend (if you discount the opening scene where Gregory and his buddies are voyeuristically peeping at a local nurse undressing from outside her window - there is a moment of scant nudity seen from afar.)
Gregory (played with full teenaged awkwardness by John Gordon Sinclair) reminds us that there is little more awkward and gangly than a tall teenager, but this Gregory has a good sense of humor about himself and his inadequacies.
Made in 1980 in the days before political correctness Dee Hepburn as Dorothy enters Gregory's world as a girl trying out for Gregory's football (soccer) team - specifically, she is trying out for Gregory's position because he's not scoring any goals and his team has lost 8 games in a row.
There are plenty of "girls can't play" comments before it becomes apparent that Dorothy is the most talented player among the bunch. Rather than being threatened by her a Dorothy craze sweeps the school and she finds herself being interviewed by the school paper and bootleg photos of her are being sold by enterprising students. Gregory falls for Dorothy as well - hard - and perhaps because of their sports connection he seems to think himself more suited for her than the other blokes.
Gregory is gangly and awkward, though, and the scenes where we see Gregory getting romantic advice and trying to make himself more desirable are accurate and hilarious.
Will Gregory make a hit with Dorothy? Well - get the movie and find out!
However, if you've been brought up and is fixated on the average American film diet, you may find this dull and boring as some of the reviews show. It is not for the average movie-goer. That's why this is considered a cult classic.
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