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Gregory's Girl (1981)



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The sophomore film of Scottish director Bill Forsyth was his first international hit, a typically quirky comedy set amongst colorful Scottish teenagers. Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair) is a normal, gangly, hormonally-challenged student who, like his pals, has begun to discover the charms of the opposite sex, particularly those of Dorothy (Dee Hepburn), the new girl in school and a talented soccer player. Dorothy joins the team, and Gregory instantly becomes smitten with her. Gregory's affections are a given in spite of the fact that Dorothy is a better player than most of the boys on the hapless team, and her presence inspires a great deal of angst and embarrassment. Gregory is prepared to go to humiliating lengths in order to win Dorothy's attention, but it doesn't quite work out as he anticipates. The winner of a BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay, Gregory's Girl was followed 18 years later by a sequel, Gregory's Two Girls (1999). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Dee Hepburn
as Dorothy
Jake D'Arcy
as Phil Menzies
Chic Murray
as Headmaster
John Bett
as Alistair
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Critic Reviews for Gregory's Girl

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Much of the pic's peculiar fascination comes from tangential scenes, limning each character's odd obsession, be it food, girls, soccer, or just watching the traffic drive by.

August 6, 2007 | Full Review…
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Quirky and utterly endearing.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Maybe only grown-ups should see this movie. You know, people who have gotten over the pains of unrequited love (hollow laugh).

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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It floats effortlessly over its landscape, seeing all from a marvelously cockeyed perspective all its own.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
New York Times
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It's hard to warm to a film as intentionally slight and safe as this.

April 20, 2001 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Within its modest narrative framework, Gregory's Girl strikes me as a well-nigh flawless comedy.

August 2, 2015 | Full Review…
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I so don't get British humor.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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There is only one thing negative I could say about Gregory's makes you sad that the innocence of first love and first dates is gone forever, and also makes me wish my school had been as cool as Gregory's. Excellent performances by all and sundry, no attempts to sacrifice realism for laughs and Clare Grogan at her prettiest. Special mention must be given to the music, wonderfully twee and with a kind of nostalgic delight. Only Bill Forsyth seems able to avoid mawkishness yet still make utterly inoffensive and delectable movies. One of my top ten favourite films and one I never stop enjoying.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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This movie was disappointing, it's not that bad, it's okay, it's just disappointing. It's an interesting look at young love, but it's not funny, and the story is kind of all over the place at times. Overall, it's just okay.

Aj V
Aj V

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