Review: ‘Rita, Sue and Bob Too’

Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a sad-funny comedy about sex and life in the Yorkshire city of Bradford.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a sad-funny comedy about sex and life in the Yorkshire city of Bradford.

Rita and Sue are two schoolgirls who sometimes babysit for a well-off couple, Bob and Michelle. In the film’s opening sequence, the odious yet somehow charming Bob, a real-estate agent, gives the girls a lift home, but stops off first on the moors above the city and without preliminaries, proposes sex with them. The girls are agreeable, with Sue taking the first turn on the reclining seat in Bob’s Rover.

Immediately screenwriter Andrea Dunbar [who adapted the film from her own plays The Arbor and Rita, Sue and Bob Too] injects a completely convincing mixture of raunchy comedy and sadness.

Rita and Sue, splendidly played by Siobhan Finneran and Michelle Holmes, are pathetic figures as they trip along in their tight mini-skirts, but they’re lively and funny. George Costigan makes Bob a charming character, despite his ingrained seediness.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

UK

Production

Film Four/Umbrella/British Screen. Director Alan Clarke; Producer Sandy Lieberson; Screenplay Andrea Dunbar; Camera Ivan Strasburg; Editor Stephen Singleton; Music Michael Kamen; Art Director Leo Huntingford

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Michelle Holmes Siobhan Finneran George Costigan Lesley Sharp Willie Ross Patti Nicholls
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