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A Room for Romeo Brass
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A Room for Romeo Brass

1999
Comedy, Drama
1h 30m
The humorous, harsh, and movingly human coming-of-age tale of two 12-year-old boys told by screenwriters Meadows and Paul Fraser comes from their own shared childhood experience. (USA Films)
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79th
90
Taking cues from Ken Loach and Mike Leigh (the latter's Naked, in particular), A Room for Romeo Brass is a marvellously impactful film that looks at the role adults play in the lives of children, and particularly at the fractious trust and authority issues most adult-child relationships must deal with. Paddy Considine is phemonenal, his character's skittish and volatile personality played to perfection. A must-watch.
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84th
75
Really well written, really well made.
Rated
44th
75
Sure it's a story about two kids coming of age and their personal and family drama, and a decent one on that front with good performances and some meaningful moments that don't go overly dramatic. But there's also Considine's force of nature character who makes the film all about him just like he makes his interactions with the other characters all about him. It's a good and memorable performance, but I'm still not sure if it makes the film better or just unbalances it.
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68th
72
It goes darker than might be expected from the first 15-20 minutes (but maybe it should have been expected if you know Meadows' later work) and from humor to terror it's utterly compelling. Having said that, the resolution feels a bit pat and simple and I'm not a fan of what it actually says (without spoiling it has to do with whether doing violence of "the right sort" is enough to redeem a character). Nevertheless a very good movie with some excellent acting.
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72nd
73
As per usual with Meadows, this manages to be somehow lighthearted and very heavy at the same time, both tender and unflinching. That said, his films, this one included, to tend to be somewhat lopsided for that very reason but the results are never less than absolutely well-meaning and admirable (even when he leans a bit hard on the over-earnest pop song soundtrack). As far as this type of social realism goes, it's up there with the better Mike Leigh films, and Considine is in top form here.
Avg Percentile 66.71% from 190 total ratings
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Director: Shane_MeadowsShane Meadows
Genres: ComedyDrama
Runtime: 1h 30m
Language: English
Countries: CanadaUK

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