''Nowhere Boy'' is a 2009 film about the life of a teenaged Music/JohnLennon, played by Creator/AaronJohnson.

Set in UsefulNotes/{{Liverpool}}, it deals with Lennon's relationships with his aunt and guardian Mimi Smith (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his free-spirited mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), as well as his friendship with Music/PaulMcCartney (Thomas Brodie Sangster) and the formation of Music/TheBeatles.


* {{Biopic}}
* DiesWideOpen: Julia.
* DisappearedDad: John Lennon had a complicated family life.
* FireForgedFriends: This is the story of how teenage John and Paul came to be these.
* {{Flashback}}: In which we see a 5-year-old John choosing between his parents.
* HairTriggerTemper: John develops this over the course of the film, on account of the crap he goes through. Dramatised when he hits Pete at [[spoiler: Julia's wake]] and Paul chases him outside and challenges him to punch him instead. John does exactly that.
* IncestSubtext: Seems to be apparent between John and his mom. Justified to an extent, since John is a teenaged boy meeting his sexually adventurous mother for the first time. Most apprarent in one scene that shows John and Julia lying together on a couch, with a shot of John's hand beating time to a song, then Julia's hand beating time to a song--then cutting to a scene where John is fingering a girl in the park.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Who's always got a few spare cigarettes for John?
* {{Jerkass}}: John is always in danger of becoming a fully-fledged one of these, stepping over the line when he headbutts Pete and then punches Paul [[spoiler: at Julia's wake]], then he immediately regrets it and gives Paul a ManHug complete with ManlyTears.
* MissingMom: Really complicated for John.
** Also discussed is the fact that Paul's mother died from cancer the year before he met John.
* MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere: Mimi as Uncle George is carted away in an ambulance.
* MythologyGag:
** The first song that Julia teaches John on the banjo is a bit of ribaldry called "Maggie Mae", which the Beatles would over a decade later include on the ''Film/LetItBe'' album.
** The film opens with the opening guitar chord from ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' and a shot of Lennon running through Liverpool like the opening sequence in that movie.
** Lennon is shown biking past the Salvation Army's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Fields_Forever Strawberry Field]] children's home.
** The club that John is refused entry into is The Cavern, which the Beatles famously played at.
* OopNorth
* ParentalSexualitySquick / RightThroughTheWall: John has an uncomfortable moment at his mother's house.
* ParentalSubstitute: Mimi becomes this, as John acknowledges in the film's last moments.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Well, aunt and uncle.
* ReallyGetsAround: "Your mother has always needed company. Do you know what I mean by company?"
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: It takes John a whole film to learn that Mimi is this.
* SiblingYinYang: Mimi is straight-laced, stern, and practical. Julia is a flighty free spirit to the point of emotional instability. This is why John got parked with his aunt.
** This is exaggerated in the film, which cuts Lennon's three other aunts. With five kids, of course two are going to come to heads; making it seem as though Mimi and Julia are the only siblings each other has ratchets this up a notch.
* TalentDouble: Averted. Everyone sang and played their own instruments, as is clear from the fact that they aren't that good. Special kudos, however, to Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Paul, who despite being right-handed learned to play left-handed rock & roll guitar very well.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: "Where's Dad?"
* {{Undercrank}}: Used to show the passage of time as John learns the banjo at Julia's.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: John's kindly uncle George is in the film for its first ten minutes or so.
* YoungFutureFamousPeople