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6 Degrees Entertainment

(Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, et al / DVD / NR / 2011 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: Young Oliver Tate's coming of age is coming even sooner than expected. Prone to daydreaming, listening to French crooners and indulging other self-absorbed fantasies, Oliver (Craig Roberts) suddenly finds himself submerged in real-life, dual challenges -- plotting to lose his virginity with a quirky new girlfriend (Yasmin Paige), while also struggling to reconcile his parent's (Golden Globe® winner Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor) marriage, even though his mom seems smitten with the self-help guru next door (Paddy Considine).

DVD Verdict: 'Submarine,' a coming-of-age movie if ever there were, is filled with great warmth and wit, and takes a serious look at teen concerns without lapsing into a raunchy style of comedy found in so many movies of this genre.

Adapted by screenwriter-director Richard Ayoade from Joe Dunthorne's novel, the story tells of Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), a sensitive Welsh teenager who does not "fit in" with his fellow students. He spends his time daydreaming about how people would react to his death, listening to recordings by French crooners and also plotting how to lose his virginity, preferably with the equally eccentric Jordana (Yasmin Paige), who likes to start fires.

Although he seems to hit a home run in his relationship with Jordana, Oliver does have some real world issues that he must confront. His parents (Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins) are not getting on well and, in fact, Oliver suspects that Mom is having an affair with the next-door neighbor (Paddy Considine), her old flame. If that's not bad enough, Jordana's mother has a brain tumor and is facing surgery.

How the young man deals with these problems is what growing up is all about. I was quite moved by this charming film. The performances are exquisite, most of all Sally Hawkins, who is always a delight to watch, and young Roberts. There may not be any laugh-out-loud moments, but it is quite funny. SUBMARINE is well worth seeing .. so do just that! [MBD] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

"Making of" Featurette
Deleted Scenes