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The Be All and End All (2009)

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In this British comedy-drama, Robbie (Josh Bolt) and Ziggy (Eugene Byrne) are two fifteen-year-old boys growing up in Liverpool who are best friends. They're also both virgins, and like most boys their age they have sex on the brain and want nothing more than to find a willing girlfriend. When a disastrous evening out with a cute girl and a bottle of booze leaves Robbie feeling terribly sick, Ziggy learns his pal has more than just a hangover -- he's been diagnosed with a serious heart condition and is not likely to live more than a few months. Ziggy wants to do something for his best friend, so Robbie gives him a final request -- find a girl willing to sleep with him so he won't die a virgin. While Ziggy takes this matter seriously, he can't find a date for himself, and getting one for a pal with a terminal illness is a lot more difficult. As Ziggy tries to find a gal interested in this mission of mercy, he learns more about the difficult relationship between Robbie's parents and the impact it has had on his friend; meanwhile, Tina (Liza Tarbuck), a nurse looking after Robbie at the hospital, learns about Ziggy's project and wonders just how much Robbie should be allowed to get away with. The Be All And End All was the first theatrical feature from director Bruce Webb. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Steve Lewis, Tony Owen
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All Critics (9)

Both plotting and playing are a bit ragged and the visuals are telly-tastic, but the film's fresh, unvarnished take on male friendship is altogether winning.

Full Review… | December 8, 2010
Total Film

A few rather clunky plot developments aside, this is a tender, funny and very well acted film with engaging characters.

Full Review… | December 6, 2010
Daily Express (UK)

It's poignant, well acted and occasionally funny, but a little formulaic, too.

Full Review… | December 3, 2010
Daily Mirror (UK)

This is a movie with a big heart, and nice performances from Josh Bolt and Eugene Byrne, playing teenage best mates, but for me it somehow never quite got over its sentimental unrealities.

Full Review… | December 2, 2010
Guardian

Others may respond more readily than I did to this ambitious attempt to blend kitchen-sink realism, heartwarming sitcom and raunchy sex comedy. For me, they didn't gel at all.

Full Review… | December 2, 2010
Daily Mail (UK)

A conflicted, uneven experience: sugary kitchen-sink realism with wank jokes.

Full Review… | December 2, 2010
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