June 06, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Submarine

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/03/11
performer
Paddy Considine, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts
director
Richard Ayoade
distributor
The Weinstein Company
author
Richard Ayoade, Joe Dunthorne
We gave it a C

It would be hard to think of a director who’s absorbed Wes Anderson’s irony-under-glass aesthetic as slavishly as Richard Ayoade, who made this coyly monotonous Welsh coming-of-age confection. It’s about Oliver (Craig Roberts), a teenager who never takes off his duffle coat or changes his owlish expression. He dates a classmate, but mostly he tries to keep his mum (Sally Hawkins) from falling for a mulleted mystic (Paddy Considine). The film is so self-conscious it seems to be dictating your every reaction. C

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