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A Room For Romeo Brass (UK)

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"An instant movie classic" - The Face
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 86 mins
Retail Price: £19.99
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12 year olds Romeo and Gavin live next door to each other. They`re the best of mates with a shared sense of humour that helps them survive in a landscape of comic losers and broken dreams. But their friendship is put to the test by a chance encounter.

After a stranger saves them from being beaten up, the boys are only too happy to help their new hero and pal in his quest to date Romeo`s sister. Little do they realise they are being drawn into a world of dangerous obsession, violence and desperation: a world that threatens to tear the two friends apart.

From acclaimed director Shane Meadows, `A Room For Romeo Brass` is a contempory coming-of-age story that is as funny as it is frightening.

Special Features:
Directors Video Diary
Directors Commentary

Video Tracks:
Widescreen Letterbox 1.85:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 English

Directed By:
Shane Meadows

Written By:

Vicky McClure
James Higgins
Julia Ford
Paddy Considine
Frank Harper
Andrew Shim
Ben Marshall

Casting By:
Abi Cohen

Soundtrack By:
Nick Hemming

Director of Photography:
Ashley Rowe

Paul Tothill

Costume Designer:
Robin Fraser-Paye

Production Designer:
Crispian Sallis

Ronaldo Vasconcellos
Charles Pattinson
George Faber

Executive Producer:
David M. Thompson
Andras Hamori

Momentum Pictures

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9 / 10
I first stumbled across A Room For Romeo Brass in a closing down video shop and as it was only 3 quid to buy, I gave it a whirl. I wasn`t expecting much as the cover implies that it is your usual Brit toilet humour type of thing, but how wrong I was. I have since watched this film at least 10 times and I never get tired of it.

Paddy Considine is the best thing about this film by a long way. Not only is his performance one of the best I have ever seen (i`d seen him before in Last Resort where he played a more stable character and he was nowhere near as interesting), but he is also very funny. I don`t know why one of the other reviewers thinks there is a lack of humour in this film as it makes me laugh everytime I see it. Maybe it is because I am from the Midlands, I don`t know, but I defy anyone not to laugh as Morell sits with a hard-on and tells Ladine to `tuck into that` or the great moment where he undergoes an image makeover and tells the local layabouts `sorry lads, i can`t destroy you today - i`m on very serious business` while doing an Elvis style karate move.

The story itself begins with a humourous tone and you think you are settling down for yet another Brit `slice of life with humour` film, but once Morell snaps, things get very dark.

There are solid performances throughout, and i`d recommend this to anyone, though to be fair it probably lacks appeal outside the UK.

I noted that one of the other reviewers slated the stuttered lines in a few scenes by Andrew Shim and Ben Marshall, but if you listen to the commentary you will hear that Meadows intentionally left these in to create a more authentic feel. And it works...especially in the fight scene where Knocks is bullied by older kids.

Apart from including the enjoyable film, the DVD also includes a pointless video diary and a very amusing commentary by Meadows and Considine. Don`t expect to learn about the secrets of independent film production - here you will hear why porn is like gold dust to young lads and why Paddy`s parking in the movie is so bad.

Top film, well worth watching and one of the few DVDs that I have watched repeatedly without getting bored.
posted by wrighty76 on 13/11/2003 21:23