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The Angels' Share

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Good-hearted characters turn to crime in raw UK comedy.

Movie NR 2013 101 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

good overcomes

Charming, funny, and leaves one with a twinkle and hope. All together good.

Is It Any Good?

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As the realistic, sociopolitical working-class voice of the UK, veteran filmmaker Ken Loach sometimes gets the urge to do something simple, old-fashioned, and entertaining like this film. Miraculously, these movies manage to be cuddly and comforting while still retaining that singular, bracing Loach look and feel. Though THE ANGELS' SHARE is a lightweight heist movie -- and it could be easy to poke holes in its plot logic -- Loach's realism lends an easygoing, ramshackle quality to the film that smoothes over any lack of tightness.

It's rather impressive how Loach incorporates silly, standard-issue plot threads -- such as characters wearing kilts for "disguises," as well as slapstick and coincidences -- and it all still seems perfectly natural. It helps that the casting is so spot-on and the characters are so effortlessly sympathetic. With absolutely nothing against his excellent serious works like Kes and The Wind That Shakes the Barley, it's nice to see Loach finding the time to relax and lighten up.

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