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Wild Bill

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

British indie comedy-drama has swearing, violence, drugs.

Movie NR 2013 98 minutes
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Like its central character, this comedy-drama is a likable underdog in the collection of black-humored British crime movies influenced by the likes of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Creed-Miles's leading man performance in Wild Bill is elevated by his agitated twitches and adept comic timing, both of which draw us in to how uncomfortable Bill finds it to be responsible for anything, let alone being a parent. But he also manages to convey a real sense of hostility and danger when the story calls for a glimpse back at Bill's fiery old ways. An early role for Poulter as eldest son Dean is another high point, particularly in the story's lighter moments, where he finds new ways to scold his hapless father.

Where the script shows its limitations is in its supporting cast, with female characters bolted on as little more than love interests and cliches. The collection of local villains is also less well-drawn than the leads, as the writers can't seem to decide quite how dangerous they're supposed to be. The ending arrives with no real surprises, either. But by that point, Bill and his brood have done enough to wrap up a credible, comical tale about trying to change your ways.

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