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Submarine (2011)



Critic Consensus: Funny, stylish, and ringing with adolescent truth, Submarine marks Richard Ayoade as a talent to watch.

Movie Info

Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate has two big ambitions: to save his parents' marriage via carefully plotted intervention and to lose his virginity before his next birthday. Worried that his mom is having an affair with New Age weirdo Graham, Oliver monitors his parents' sex life by charting the dimmer switch in their bedroom. He also forges suggestive love letters from his mom to dad. Meanwhile, Oliver attempts to woo his classmate, Jordana, a self-professed pyromaniac who supervises his journal writing - especially the bits about her. When necessary, she orders him to cross things out. -- (C) Weinsteinmore
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Ayoade, Joe Dunthorne
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 4, 2011
Box Office: $0.4M
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


Craig Roberts
as Oliver Tate
Noah Taylor
as Lloyd Tate
Sally Hawkins
as Jill Tate
Paddy Considine
as Graham Purvis
Yasmin Paige
as Jordana Bevan
Steffan Rhodri
as Mr. Davey
Osian Cai Dulais
as Mark Pritchard
Lily McCann
as Zoe Preece
Otis Lloyd
as Keiron
Elinor Crawley
as Abby Smuts
Gemma Chan
as Kim-Lin
Melanie Walters
as Jude Bevan
Sion Tudor Owen
as Brynn Bevan
Jonny Wier
as Malcolm
Lydia Fox
as Miss Dutton
Claire Cage
as News Reporter
Andrew Phillips
as Rhydian Bird
Rikki Hall
as School Boy
Tom Ryan
as School Boy
James Jones
as School Boy
Sophy Halligan
as Watkins Twin
Tanya Brady
as Watkins Twin
Sarah Pasquali
as Woman Who Looks Noth...
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News & Interviews for Submarine

Critic Reviews for Submarine

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (36)

This hilarious, unique coming of age story already feels like a classic.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
Hot Press

Although the movie is, by design, largely non-specific about its period (late 1980s would be a good guess), Jordana's casual profanity impresses. In American comedies, swears are studded like peppercorns or chocolate chips.

Full Review… | June 14, 2015

SUBMARINE is a story about growing up all while not wanting to get older. It's what HAROLD & MAUDE would have been if they had met in high school.

Full Review… | August 28, 2013
Gordon and the Whale

Submarine is a remarkably assured debut filled with dry humor, inventive visual wit and great performances.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
The Playlist

The movie's conception of the tender agonies and embarrassments of would-be teenage lovers is hobbled by punchline cuts and predictable musical montages (carefree dashes, setting off bottle rockets, etc.).

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

That rare teen comedy where the kids aren't gorgeous, the hero isn't heroic and the object of desire has a lot of reasons why she isn't necessarily desirable.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for Submarine



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Super Reviewer


Oliver Tate: Her new boyfriend has an incredibly long neck. Just thinking about giraffes makes me angry. 

"A comedy that doesn't let principles stand in the way of progress."

Submarine is a great little coming of age story that honestly tells a tale of adolescent love and teenage problems. This is a film that isn't for everyone. It's a slow and contemplative movie that gets its laughs from the awkwardness of the protagonist who is entering his first relationship and doesn't really know how to go about it. The movie is refreshing in how it handles Oliver's life and how it presents him. 

Oliver Tate is a fifteen year old boy living in Wales with his mother and father. At the start of the film, he explains that his parents haven't had sex in 7 months and that he monitors them and just about everything they do. He also does routine room checks of his parents room. Oliver also has another interest, and her name is Jordana. Soon the two start dating and eventually they even take it to the next step. The relationship is handled rather well on screen, and it seems like a legit 15 year old relationship. Oliver's world starts changing when his mother starts spending a lot of time with a guy she had a past with. Now, he needs to save his parents relationship and hopefully his own.

This movie is beautifully made, with wonderful cinematography and fitting music. There's also a wonderfulness to the dialogue. It seems so honest and real. There's no big speeches about how much Oliver loves Jordana; only real words that a real 15 year old would speak. I appreciate the movie on a whole for being one of the few films that truly gets the teenage relationship factor. 

Submarine is a really worthwhile movie, and one that I would recommend as long as you like independent, sort of quirky, and quiet movies. I think I would like the movie much more after another viewing in the future, but as of now, I solidly like it. I haven't fallen in love with it yet, but I can definitely see that happening if I spend some more time with it.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

'Submarine' is Richard Ayoade's directorial debut and although unique and interesting, felt overlong and sligtly forced. Quirkiness is a nice aspect in some films, it offers a refreshing change and can leave you smiling, 'Submarine' however decided to go on a one man (movie) mission into the deepest pits of whimsical comedy to emerge drenched in what can only be described as a coating of quirk that completely smothers the film.

When 'Amelie' did it, it felt just right, when 'Submarine' does it it becomes to much. The premise is still intersting and at it's core is executed well (the voiceover works) but overall I can't help but feel like it's an honest story with a load of rubbish on top.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

Submarine Quotes

Oliver Tate: Bound to be disappointing? So why wait?
– Submitted by Jane Morla A (3 years ago)
Oliver Tate: Sorry, I thought you were someone else.
– Submitted by Jane Morla A (3 years ago)
Oliver Tate: You're too good for me, you're too good for anyone.
– Submitted by Jane Morla A (3 years ago)
Oliver Tate: I don't quite know what I am yet. I've tried flipping coins, listening exclusively to french crooners, I've even had a brief hat phase but nothing stuck.
– Submitted by Jane Morla A (3 years ago)

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