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By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Clichéd Scottish comedy-drama has language, violence, drugs.

Movie NR 2020 91 minutes
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Inspired by his own life as a concert promoter, Mclean is perfectly placed to both direct and co-write his debut feature. Unfortunately Schemers is a clichéd coming-of-age movie that starts with a chase scene and voiceover lifted straight from Trainspotting and adds nothing new or original with what follows. While it does feature a pitch-perfect 1970s soundtrack that echoes the world in which Davie lives, the characters -- Davie included -- are such thinly drawn stereotypes that it's impossible to invest in them or their story.

Lacking the spark and wit of its biggest influence, Schemers would've benefited from taking an interest in more than just its central character, whose selfishness and rash behavior are conveniently and repeatedly forgiven by those around him to move the plot forward. The cast do their best with the material they've got to work with. But the script's plodding dialogue means there's little opportunity for any real chemistry to develop between them. In short, this is a music industry biopic with more than a few bum notes.

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