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When he finds himself a father at the age of 14, Robbie is quickly catapulted into adulthood.
Starts confidently, before panicking itself into potty melodrama.
Sabotages any dramatic credibility with clunky scripting and increasingly preposterous plot twists.
Powerful and affecting.
A sympathetic study of confusion, heartache and despair.
A well-intentioned look at masculinity and fatherhood.
The film has a nicely desolate air and some sweet bonding between the two Dads. But having avoided the threat of sentimentality, the film falls prey, in its latter stages, to silliness.
Julie Rutterford's well-observed script has a lively wit, the rainswept seaside sets are atmospheric and the cast are beyond reproach but once they part company from credibility the film's spell is broken.
Shot adroitly, and combining Leone-esque close-ups with long tracking shots of the various urban and rural locations, the film prioritises the ambiguity of emotional ties over expository melodrama.
There's just not enough substance to this tale of two fathers. It's a pity, as the leads both give fine performances.
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