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Days of the Bagnold Summer

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Tender British comedy about a mismatched mother and son.

Movie NR 2021 86 minutes
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This film thrives in its genial tone and marks an accomplished directorial debut from The Inbetweeners and Friday Night Dinner star Simon Bird. Based on a 2012 graphic novel of the same name, not an awful lot happens narratively, but there's a warmth and charm to this subtle comedy. Days of the Bagnold Summer is a movie that relies squarely on its central mother-and-son relationship, which is well-judged, with both characters wonderfully brought to life by the actors.

Dolan is sympathetic as the put-upon Sue, while Daniel, portrayed by Cave -- the son of Nick -- may appear to be a bad seed, but his nuanced turn ensures we remain on his side throughout. Although Daniel plays up to caricatures of a clichéd misunderstood teenager, the tenderness of the direction and understated nature of the story, makes for a pleasant watch that more than passes the time.

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