The Scouting Book for Boys

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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 unfit parent by the court, and her custody has been awarded to her father (Nick Sidi). Emily isn't happy with this turn of events, and rather than move in with her dad, she disappears. David is worried about Emily's safety until he gets word from her that she's moved into a cave on the outskirts of town. David becomes part of Emily's support system, bringing her provisions, but his deeper feelings for her are hurt when he finds out Emily has a boyfriend, an older man named Steve (Rafe Spall), and that she's pregnant with his child. The Scouting Book For Boys was the first feature film from director Tom Harper.

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Critic Reviews for The Scouting Book for Boys

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

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

    Mar 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • In the end, Scouting Book is a surprise delight, flawlessly cast and nimbly weathering its complex themes.

    Mar 22, 2010
  • If you are looking for a showcase of some of the best new talent in British cinema, you need look no farther than this terrific little film.

    Mar 19, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • The narrative isn't entirely convincing, but the powerful and heartfelt performances from Turgoose and Grainger are.

    Mar 19, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Harper has done enough with this striking, ambitious debut to herald the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent.

    Mar 19, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a film made with some verve and a real sense of place and atmosphere, but as a character study the main characters lack ...well ...character, I suppose.

    Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Scouting Book for Boys

  • Nov 11, 2010
    thomas turgoose, who is making a name for himself in well made british youth films, this is england, and this is england,86, the tv series. somers town, and eden lake, being rather good, here hes a young lad, have a blossoming friendship with emily, again brilliantly played by holly grainger, its when she runs away that he becomes more protective of her than he should, as she hides out in a cave, police hunt for her as a missing person, and he visits keeping her in check, the film plays out well, a great score throughout, and the film tells its story well, with shocking turns towards end keeping story going
    scott g Super Reviewer

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