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Dare bests truth at each turn in Cherrybomb, a zippy if over-schematic teen pic from tyro helmers Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn.
A valiant effort, but a little too yoof by numbers to be taken seriously.
While it never quite manages to shake off the E4 vibe, it's good to see Grint stretching his wings.
Cherrybomb is an unaffected, if disposable, tribute to youthful misadventure.
This reasonably polished slice of Skins-style youthsploitation makes such a fake and undangerous lurch into pills-and-vandalism melodrama.
Strong turns from Grint and Sheehan, and a punchy storyline elevate this from TV drama to something powerfully cinematic.
A trio of captivating performances from the young leads and a mesmerising soundtrack cannot drag Cherrybomb out of the creative mire.
The story unfolds like a plastic picnic table, with a string of not-very-exciting events standing in for a plot.
Directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn aim for the sexually charged edginess of television's Skins, but fall back on glib outrage with little time spent examining what makes their characters tick.
The whole cast deliver convincing portrayals of idle, Twitter-connected youth even if their lack of moral parameters are a cause for some concern.
Stylishly directed and featuring a terrific soundtrack, this is never less than watchable thanks to strong performances from Sheehan and Grint but the plot is ultimately underwhelming and fails to deliver the required emotional punch.
Rupert Grint takes another faltering step towards a post-wizarding world in this modest drama about drinking, drugging, shagging, shoplifting, joyriding Belfast teens.
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