Filmmaker Bill Forsyth, whose friendly, unmalicious approach recalls that of Rene Clair, is concerned with young students (in particular, a soccer team goalie, Gregory) seeking out the opposite sex. Much of the pic's peculiar fascination comes from tangential scenes, limning each character's odd obsession, be it food, girls, soccer, or just watching the traffic drive by.
John Gordon Sinclair
Filmmaker Bill Forsyth, whose friendly, unmalicious approach recalls that of Rene Clair, is concerned with young students (in particular, a soccer team goalie, Gregory) seeking out the opposite sex. Much of the pic’s peculiar fascination comes from tangential scenes, limning each character’s odd obsession, be it food, girls, soccer, or just watching the traffic drive by.
Main narrative thread has Gregory becoming infatuated with the cute (and athletic) new girl on his soccer team, Dorothy (Dee Hepburn), while her schoolmates delightfully maneuver him into giving the out-going Susan (Clare Grogan) a tumble.
As Gregory, John Gordon Sinclair is adept at physical comedy. Hepburn is properly enigmatic as the object of his desire, with ensemble approach giving Greg’s precocious 10-year-old sister played by Allison Forster a key femme role.
Lake/NFFC/Scottish TV. Director Bill Forsyth; Producer Davina Belling, Clive Parsons; Screenplay Bill Forsyth; Camera Michael Coulter; Editor John Gow; Music Colin Tully; Art Director Adrienne Atkinson
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 91 MIN.
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