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This Is England

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Dean Rogers

This is England

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
102 minutes
Limited Release Date:
07/27/07
performer:
Stephen Graham, Thomas Turgoose
director:
Shane Meadows
distributor:
IFC First Take
author:
Shane Meadows
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

Young Thomas Turgoose, the spunky non-pro 13-year-old cast as a lonely kid drawn to an early-’80s skinhead gang in this autobiographical period piece by Shane Meadows (TwentyFourSeven), has a sweet old-fashioned face. But in the right light, his weary eyes resemble those of a mean adult. The changeability serves this sad, menacing, empathetic story well, even if the story is misty in its didacticism: No matter how tough the times, just say no to racism and hatred. B