The Scouting Book for Boys (2009)

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The witty and somber sides of growing up in working-class Britain are explored in this coming of age drama. David (Thomas Turgoose) and Emily (Holliday Grainger) are a pair of teenagers who grew up in the same trailer park in Norfolk. David and Emily have grown to be best friends; his introspective nature is a compliment for her rambunctious side, and they share a fondness for playing tricks on others. However, life hasn't been kind to Emily lately -- her mother (Susan Lynch) has been deemed an … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
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Celador Films

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

Harper has done enough with this striking, ambitious debut to herald the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Time Out
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Increasingly dark and involving, this British drama tells a gripping story through the eyes of an intriguing teen

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

The setting is a seaside caravan site where the acting and directing do not measure up to the script.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Financial Times

Newcomer Tom Harper's direction manages to be both clumsy and overly stylised, while the script by Skins writer Jack Thorne is predictable.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
This is London

In the end, Scouting Book is a surprise delight, flawlessly cast and nimbly weathering its complex themes.

March 19, 2010
Little White Lies

Tom Harper's feature debut is a wistful and atmospheric drama, with superb performances from Turgoose and especially Grainger.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Radio Times

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