is a British dramedy released in 2010. It's the coming-of-age story of Oliver Tate, a teenage boy living in Swansea, Wales in the 1980s. He falls in love with Jordana, a fellow school student and committed mischef-maker, and at the same time starts to worry about his parents' health and marriage.
It's based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne, was the directorial debut of Richard Ayoade
and featured an original soundtrack by Alex Turner
This film contains examples of:
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Jordana Bevan, nicknamed by classmates as "Banana Heaven".
- Book Worm: Oliver is given a dictionary and thesaurus as presents.
- Black Comedy
- Brainy Brunette: Oliver and Lloyd.
- The Cameo: Executive Producer, Ben Stiller, has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo.
- Character Development: Jordana becomes more sympathetic to others following her mother's tumour. This causes Oliver to distance himself from her.
- Oliver himself becomes more conscious of the people around him by the end.
- Coming-of-Age Story
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Oliver.
- Cringe Comedy
- The Film of the Book
- Heroic BSOD: Oliver, after breaking up with Jordana.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Robin from Young Dracula.
- Ignored Confession: Subverted. Jill just assumes Oliver is joking when he tells her he has a girlfriend.
- Inner Monologue
- Manipulative Bitch: Jordana, according to her. Oliver comments to himself that he doesn't think she's as good as blackmail as she likes to think.
- Pyro Maniac: Jordana.
- Stalking Is Love: Oliver, although he just stalks anyone that interests him.
- Their First Time
- What the Hell, Hero?: Oliver breaks off all contact with Jordana, even though it's obvious she needs him, in hope she won't "go gooey inside".
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Oliver certainly seems to think so.