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Awaydays (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Awaydays is an overwrought coming-of-age drama that romanticizes the violence of 1970s street culture in Liverpool and neglects the requisites of a good script.

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A young man makes some new and dangerous friends in this kitchen-sink drama set in Northern England in 1979. 19-year-old Carty (Nicky Bell) lives with his father (Ged McKenna) and younger sister Molly (Holliday Grainger) and has a good job working for his uncle Bob (Ian Puleston-Davies). Despite his loving family and promising future, Carty is fascinated with "the Pack," a gang of football supporters led by John (Stephen Graham) who are known in the neighborhood for their drinking and reckless violence. Carty strikes up a casual friendship with Mark (Liam Boyle), a member of the Pack nicknamed "Elvis," and while Mark isn't convinced Carty is cut out to run with them at first, Carty's tenacity in a fight changes his mind. While Carty and his new mates use their muscle to knock some sense into a short-term boyfriend who mistreats Molly, she doesn't trust the Pack and tries to persuade her brother that hanging out with them will lead to a bad end. Carty isn't easily persuaded, but his relationship with the Pack becomes complicated when his friendship with Mark takes an unexpected turn. Awaydays was adapted from a novel by Kevin Sampson, who also wrote the film's screenplay. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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NR
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Drama
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Cast

Nicky Bell
as Paul Carty
Liam Boyle
as Elvis
Oliver Lee
as Baby
Lee Battle
as Billy
Sean Ward
as Robbie
Holliday Grainger
as Molly Carty
Ged McKenna
as Mr. Carty
Tom Cottle
as Will
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Critic Reviews for Awaydays

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (1)

The film falls down in its effort to make credible the background stories of its well-performed lead characters.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Awaydays comes close to being lumped in with every other British indie but the excellent production quality pull it through and director Pat Holden is left with another promising, if flawed, adventure.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire

Bell's wholehearted performance and the film's convincingly scuzzy atmosphere don't make up for the big hole in the script.

Full Review… | May 28, 2009
Times (UK)

A quality cast, strong performances and excellent period detail keep it feeling real.

May 28, 2009
Daily Record (UK)

There's no shortage of movies about Britain's mean streets and, for the most part, Awaydays runs with the pack.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
London Evening Standard

A meagre budget and a lack of clear-cut character motivations blunts the impact of what might have been a powerful Mean Streets-style study of male friendship.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
Daily Express (UK)

Audience Reviews for Awaydays

½

I've seen a ton of these at this point. The football gang movies. The realization that you have to get out and leave the old life behind in order to progress. This one's better than some, worse than others.

John Trifiletti
John Trifiletti
½

Corny coming of age story backdrop but still kinda solid overall. Good performance delivered by the 2 main actors Nicky Bell & Liam Boyle, Bell in particular.

WS Wu
WS Wu

Hugely dissapointed with this...what the hell it thought it was supposed to be I dont know. There is no comparrison between books and the film adaptation but this one was even worse....I have absolutely no problems with people being gay but this film wasnt s0 sure. I know it was set in 1979 but is it a love story? Is it film about football violence or people being bored with their ordinary lives?.....God knows cause this film didnt...I sat there totally bemused and im sure most of you will be too.....so much potential so little outcome.....and the fight scenes were crap!

Barry Lappin
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