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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Indie coming-of-age dramedy tackles some big issues.

Movie R 2011 97 minutes
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Submarine has a reckless feel, and it's not as careful or precious as other movies with similar themes. Richard Ayoade, an actor and a veteran of short films, TV shows, and concert videos, makes his feature directing debut here, and he probably overcompensates a bit with some flashy gimmicks -- including narration, flashbacks, fantasy sequences, slow motion, talking directly to the audience, and more.

But given the worn-out nature of the "coming-of-age" genre, the director's little tricks do help bring some life back into an otherwise familiar story. The movie ventures into some fairly brave relationship territory, ranging from sex troubles to communication woes. The terrific cast helps a great deal as well, ranging from veterans Hawkins, Taylor, and Considine to the young newcomers.

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