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The Pebble and the Boy

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sweary coming-of-age drama has violence, alcohol, and drugs.

Movie NR 2021 101 minutes
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Fans of Paul Weller and The Jam will enjoy this coming-of-age drama's soundtrack. Writer-director Chris Green is clearly a fan, as all of the characters in The Pebble and The Boy vocally share their admiration for the man known as "The Modfather." However, it would take a die-hard Weller fan to overlook the problems with the movie. It's clear to see what the film is trying to do. But the execution falters at almost every turn. In the lead roles as young John and Nicki, actors McNamee and Sacha Parkinson do a good job with the shoddy material. Yet beyond that the acting teeters between televisual and amateur, sometimes landing on just plain bad.

Watching smaller budget movies, concessions are easily made for sets, acting, and filming techniques -- if the idea or the story is good enough. Here, a half-baked coming-of-age road movie with soap opera sensibilities doesn't have enough to carry it. So when a waiter delivers two takeaway coffees and the characters immediately leave without taking them, it's another overlooked annoyance to add to the pile. Ultimately the film aims high and means well, but in the end it's just froth for enthusiastic Weller fans or obsessives of the Mod culture.

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