4.3.2.1 (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Jun 1 2010

Noel Clarke’s latest, ‘4.3.2.1’, is on the face of it completely different to his ‘Kidulthood’ mini-franchise. Following four west London sixth-form girls who get mixed up with stolen diamonds, it’s a brash and ambitious play for the mainstream: girl power rebooted for anyone too young to remember Riot Grrrl or even the Spice Girls. Still, jammed as it is with teen sex and misbehaving, and with a plotline that hinges on a packet of Pringles, if you’re over 21 you’re probably too old to be watching.

Like a pop svengali, Clarke has put together a line-up of characters to cater for all tastes. The film splits into four sections, covering the same three days from the perspective of each. Tamsin Egerton plays a pretty, posh blonde who jets off to New York to lose her virginity. Ophelia Lovibond is the arty indie screw-up. American actress Emma Roberts is all sass and smarts, while Shanika Warren-Markland, who had a tiny part in ‘Adulthood’, announces herself as a big new talent as the butt-kicking, feisty one. Clarke himself appears and there are cameos from R&B singer Eve and ‘Clerks’ director Kevin Smith.

The film doesn’t go in for subtlety. It’s frenetically paced, with non-stop music, and pops with teen issues: abortion, self-harm, bisexuality, suicide, stalking. That’s before you get to the diamond heist. But Clarke has got an unmistakable knack for writing teens. One of this lot is more worried that her mates aren’t talking to her than the fact that she has an international smuggling ring on her tail. As for girl power, the message doesn’t wash. These girls are brilliantly un-victimy and always come out fighting. If only they weren’t incessantly paraded about in their underwear for the viewing pleasure of men. For Clarke, to disenfranchise half his audience would be a crime worse than selling out the sisters.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Wed Jun 2, 2010

Duration:

117 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Noel Clarke, Mark Davis

Screenwriter:

Noel Clarke

Cast:

Noel Clarke, Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton

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Dylan

I really enjoyed it! It kept me on the edge of my seat and Emma Roberts made a really surprising liberal role in the film (along with Scream 4) as being the sassy, foul mouthed adolescent, though she could have had a much more intense character to play (like Cass). If this film isn't very convincing for the life of typical young friends getting themselves in a deadly heist with mastermind diamond thieves, just think of this as a midnight movie snack. It's quite thrilling for me with a very interesting part and kept me on the edge of my seat (especially when Cass' story comes in). I know the film may move at a "try to hard" paste, but if anything give it a chance for good effort from Noel Clarke.

andy

***SPOILERS*** Really quite funny in places if you can get past how cringey some of the stuff is. The funniest parts were situational rather than in the actual dialogue however, like Cass' "OW OW OW!" in the bedroom, her face when she sees her real "internet boyfriend", the confrontation with the two guys and the consistent "confusion over the cable-ties" joke. Continuity jokes are the best, and probably something lifted from Clarke's extended time on the Doctor Who scene. ***END SPOILERS***

filmgoer

What a piece of crap! The most pretentious dialogue I have ever heard. Not bad acting, but terrible, terrible script! Couldn't stand more than half an hour before I fled the cinema!

scrumpyjack

Too childish for most adults, too patronising for most teens Noel seems to have thought "Teens like sex, drugs, swearing, violence, fashion, selfharm, drinking.....and so on and crammed them into 110mins. It came across as that "kids like baseball caps" incident with Hague 10 years back. Mr Clarke, you have got SOMETHING. why not take the next 4 or 5 years to produce a film YOU, & not just chav's , can REALLY be proud of. 3/10

Hannah rumbold

Well I thought it was brillant I'm 18 and been though alot in my life I can really understand this film let's face it young do get pressured into alot of things they should say no to but we all feel like doing some stuff we really shouldn't but that's what we are like I'm a young mum and I love Noel Clarke he's great and we have alot more 2 come from him x

Hannah rumbold

Well I thought it was brillant I'm 18 and been though alot in my life I can really understand this film let's face it young do get pressured into alot of things they should say no to but we all feel like doing some stuff we really shouldn't but that's what we are like I'm a young mum and I love Noel Clarke he's great and we have alot more 2 come from him x

Mat

I agree with angela, the movie is very funny. It doesn't take itself too seriously and was very slick. Seen a lot of boring blockbusters lately and this was sooo much more entertaining and unpredictable. Extra star for being British and not gray.

Mat

I agree with angela, the movie is very funny. It doesn't take itself too seriously and was very slick. Seen a lot of boring blockbusters lately and this was sooo much more entertaining and unpredictable. Extra star for being British and not gray.

Elisabeth

This movie confused me to death, the plot was not well thought through and it feels like being in a cinema labyrinth...totally confused...i actually loved watching emmma roberts acting and Tamsin as well but the rest of the crew were really a bunch of wanna be amateurs..what can be said...absolute lack of talent...another example of a British movie gone bad with an effort to seem american... with a better story and a better cast this movie could have potential, no doubt about it, lets just hope the director learns his lessson from this mistake.

roberto

i was at the premiere of this film and the film lack of talented actors ,shanika shes really bad in this film ,,she didnt fit the part ,atherwise nice cinematography , and plot ,but very predicatable and not enough engaging , emma roberts ,and tamsin egerton were by far the best actors in this film the rest of the crew were not properly cast and kill this film ,,could ve been better anyway i watch the film for free thanks god ,and please stay away of this film