Adulthood

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When ‘Kidulthood’ came out in 2006, I was put off by the over-ambition of Noel Clarke’s screenplay, which tried to cram every hot-button teen issue into a melodramatic 90 minutes of violence, sex and drugs on London’s streets. It had an impressive energy and a little insight but the acting was ropey and the directing superficial. Its follow-up, ‘Adulthood’, is again written by Clarke, who had an ensemble part in ‘Kidulthood’, but now he directs and reassumes the role of Sam Peel, a lad fresh out of jail after serving six years for the manslaughter that brought the first film to a close. There’s barely a scene without Clarke skulking about the streets of Ladbroke Grove and he has several brooding close-ups that make you wonder if he has ever heard of humility.

The story has a tighter focus than its predecessor: Sam spends a busy day trying to avoid being dragged back into a cycle of revenge and violence. He fails – and much chasing and cursing follow. There’s a thoughtful side to this maturer sequel as Clarke ponders the struggle of growing up: a plot involving a lonely young woman (Scarlett Alice Johnson) scarred by her past offers a welcome, maudlin aside from the gun and knife play. But there are bum notes that will have people chewing the arm rest: a posh guy buying drugs is the worst sort of cartoon, and the location of a late showdown – Compromise Avenue, W11 – is a distraction. It’s a film with its target audience – teenage boys and the youngest of men – firmly in mind and we’re never far from a rapid edit, a loud tune or a fight.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday June 20 2008
Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Noel Clarke
Screenwriter: Noel Clarke
Cast: Noel Clarke
Adam Deacon
Scalett Alice Johnson
Jacob Anderson

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:41
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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rachel

this film was brillient i dont feel that it's only a teen boy film as i loved it and im a girl! i feel that nole clarke is a great director and he's still only an up and coming one. the cast were not bad actors and i should know as ive got a*s for gcse & a level drama, they acted very well. i think the film showed some people how hard it is to be a teen growing up in iner city areas like london. this film is a great follow and i reccomend it as it'll have you gripped to your seats.

rachel

this film was brillient i dont feel that it's only a teen boy film as i loved it and im a girl! i feel that nole clarke is a great director and he's still only an up and coming one. the cast were not bad actors and i should know as ive got a*s for gcse & a level drama, they acted very well. i think the film showed some people how hard it is to be a teen growing up in iner city areas like london. this film is a great follow and i reccomend it as it'll have you gripped to your seats.

Nate1992

The film tells a story of how bad things are getting in London yes it's very graphic and full of curse words but let's be real watering it down isn't going to help.Great films

ShadyYout

These ickle manz need to seckle down blud! This film ting was sick, you get me? Manz wanna yap about dem yout and tings but this beez life in da manor blud! Bare mans be out to bore bredren and jack tings for a nugget.

ShadyYout

These ickle manz need to seckle down blud! This film ting was sick, you get me? Manz wanna yap about dem yout and tings but this beez life in da manor blud! Bare mans be out to bore bredren and jack tings for a nugget.

verasity

this film was complete rubbish, a waste of 90mins of my time, it done nothing but endorse anti socialism,and gave kudos to thug (gangster wannabe) behaivour.full of negativity, there was no high point no moral for young ppl to learn from, it was a tiresome load of crap and aggro from start to finish,noel is suffering a bit from opera winfrey syndrome ithink, painting white girls as sluts. this film is not deserving of one star.

Gants

This film and its' prequel are so bad it hurt to watch. The part that pissed me off the most was the constant negative portrayal of white people. If this is what Clarke thinks is an realistic image of London life then he clearly is deluded. It seem more like his idea of a dream life where he is mister cool hardnut but still sensitive. Give me a break. One star is too much to rate this.

jason

i love kidulthood to adulthood it is so good and i love gangerster from jason croombs

jason

i love kidulthood to adulthood it is so good and i love gangerster from jason croombs

serjeel

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Jon

shutupp latty are u proud of bein a tramp livin in the 'slums' of calcutta? u fokin rio de jenero wana be bitch ass suck my sak u hairy bitch i bet u dnt shake ur armpit hair u trampy slumer slag suk ur slummy mom n dad if u even kno ur dad u baastud slum liver i hate u now... however, i did enjoy the film very much, it was a delight to watch as was the previous one; kidulthood.. BUT LATTY U SHUT THA FOK UP YEHH

Jon

shutupp latty are u proud of bein a tramp livin in the 'slums' of calcutta? u fokin rio de jenero wana be bitch ass suck my sak u hairy bitch i bet u dnt shake ur armpit hair u trampy slumer slag suk ur slummy mom n dad if u even kno ur dad u baastud slum liver i hate u now... however, i did enjoy the film very much, it was a delight to watch as was the previous one; kidulthood.. BUT LATTY U SHUT THA FOK UP YEHH

Dan

I don't mind people not liking this film, obviously, it's there opinioin. BUT I'd love to slap some of these clowns who are talking like they are oscar winners or something. I absolutely loved the film as i loved Kidulthood. I was gripped from start to finish, it had funny bits, tense bits, it was realistic to a point but all these people saying its dramatised... It's a film what do ya f***ing expect. Everything is English including the music which i love :) noel clarke is soooo talented. Plus it doesn't get anywhere near as big budget as American films yet in my opinion is still better than most of them!

Dan

I don't mind people not liking this film, obviously, it's there opinioin. BUT I'd love to slap some of these clowns who are talking like they are oscar winners or something. I absolutely loved the film as i loved Kidulthood. I was gripped from start to finish, it had funny bits, tense bits, it was realistic to a point but all these people saying its dramatised... It's a film what do ya f***ing expect. Everything is English including the music which i love :) noel clarke is soooo talented. Plus it doesn't get anywhere near as big budget as American films yet in my opinion is still better than most of them!

Laila 786

Wicked film!! not to keen on films like this, but this one was so wel scripted enjoyed every bit! its a defo must see!

Laila 786

Wicked film!! not to keen on films like this, but this one was so wel scripted enjoyed every bit! its a defo must see!

jay

a clumsy representation of a glorified shithole, resplendant with bad lines obvious accents and plausable yet totally hyperbolic situations, and the rich guy buying crack, such an easy shot! they could have come up with way better imagery!

???????????????

Ye, I think alot of people judge this film by its cover, Stereotype it and shit, kids in hoods = BAD. So they bring it upon themselves to make some shit about how this film sucks, to be honest this film shows life in london, and alot of people from outside london think its a load of bullshit. But it's not since i live in london to, i can relate to it, this made the film so much better for me. Peace-

???????????????

Ye, I think alot of people judge this film by its cover, Stereotype it and shit, kids in hoods = BAD. So they bring it upon themselves to make some shit about how this film sucks, to be honest this film shows life in london, and alot of people from outside london think its a load of bullshit. But it's not since i live in london to, i can relate to it, this made the film so much better for me. Peace-

Babybexxz

I fort this film woz much better than Kidulthood, I ended up feelin sorry for Sam!! Love Adam Deacon phoar! and i dont fink this film gloyfies violoence at all, it is as true to life as you can get, i fink more older people should go and watch this film n then maybe they will get a better understanding of all the stresses that are put on strugglin teens these days! Big up Noel Clarke i hope therz more 2cum xxxx

Babybexxz

I fort this film woz much better than Kidulthood, I ended up feelin sorry for Sam!! Love Adam Deacon phoar! and i dont fink this film gloyfies violoence at all, it is as true to life as you can get, i fink more older people should go and watch this film n then maybe they will get a better understanding of all the stresses that are put on strugglin teens these days! Big up Noel Clarke i hope therz more 2cum xxxx

Loreda

Yeah i do think da things dis movies shows is bad. But its real life. It's what life is like in London..That needs to be shown to get sumin sorted out! I thought Kidulthood was a gr8 movie...coz it showed things out it is !! Feckin quality !!

Loreda

Yeah i do think da things dis movies shows is bad. But its real life. It's what life is like in London..That needs to be shown to get sumin sorted out! I thought Kidulthood was a gr8 movie...coz it showed things out it is !! Feckin quality !!

wicca witch

very good with a message for todays bad sad mad world the film itself much better quality than its previous kidadult hood which was brill but looked amateurish. Maybe we should be showing the kids of today more material like these films in the hope that they will get a grip before it goes too far thats if knife crime and violence can get any worse the film was food for thought for all

wicca witch

very good with a message for todays bad sad mad world the film itself much better quality than its previous kidadult hood which was brill but looked amateurish. Maybe we should be showing the kids of today more material like these films in the hope that they will get a grip before it goes too far thats if knife crime and violence can get any worse the film was food for thought for all

david Gibbons

Only a fool would rate this film badly. maybe you have to be from london, but whoever you are from london, you'd know people like this, or you'd know you were once like this, or were close to it at points. that posh guy getting battered was the generic critic, with his art house swagger getting taught a lesson, using economic arguments to dissuade that guy from teaching him a lesson - "i don't need you business." hahahha

david Gibbons

Only a fool would rate this film badly. maybe you have to be from london, but whoever you are from london, you'd know people like this, or you'd know you were once like this, or were close to it at points. that posh guy getting battered was the generic critic, with his art house swagger getting taught a lesson, using economic arguments to dissuade that guy from teaching him a lesson - "i don't need you business." hahahha

A$h

SOME PEEPS ARE STUPID THIS FILM IS SIKK AND THE MAN CALLED JOHN WE SAY BLUD AND U SAY MATE NOT RETARDED U JANKA HOW WE CHAT. THE FILM WAS AMAZING LIKE KIDULTHOOD ITS NOT GLORIFYING BLACK GANG CULTURE U NOT SEE WHITE MAN IN THE FILM THIS IS HOW WE LIV SIMPLE AND MAYBE THE BIG MEN WELL DO SUMMAT BOUT GUN AND KNIVES IF NOT WE STILL GONNA CARRY HOW IT IS U DONT HAVE ONE AND U DEAD PPLE WHO ARE FROM ENDZ LIKE THIS WILL LOVE DIS FILM (NOEL CLARKE BIG BIG BIGUP FAM PLAYED SAM BIG IN BOTH BLESS) SIKKK

A$h

SOME PEEPS ARE STUPID THIS FILM IS SIKK AND THE MAN CALLED JOHN WE SAY BLUD AND U SAY MATE NOT RETARDED U JANKA HOW WE CHAT. THE FILM WAS AMAZING LIKE KIDULTHOOD ITS NOT GLORIFYING BLACK GANG CULTURE U NOT SEE WHITE MAN IN THE FILM THIS IS HOW WE LIV SIMPLE AND MAYBE THE BIG MEN WELL DO SUMMAT BOUT GUN AND KNIVES IF NOT WE STILL GONNA CARRY HOW IT IS U DONT HAVE ONE AND U DEAD PPLE WHO ARE FROM ENDZ LIKE THIS WILL LOVE DIS FILM (NOEL CLARKE BIG BIG BIGUP FAM PLAYED SAM BIG IN BOTH BLESS) SIKKK

Jack

I can understand why all these dodgy ' critics ' are trying to slag the film off ... BUT FUCK THEM =] weeeeeeeeest every day ALIE!?

Jack

I can understand why all these dodgy ' critics ' are trying to slag the film off ... BUT FUCK THEM =] weeeeeeeeest every day ALIE!?

muscle750

Me buz up on de sarf london estate now full of yardies shooting each other......................Me now living in the country and lovin it. Still go back to me old haunts Wife hates it. Some right bad man round there, the film is very true to life and is one of the best as its predessor was

godly

I was disgusted with this film. All it does is glorify black gang culture and the problem with it in this country. Anyone who has been mugged or attempted to mug them will no it is one of the scariest things that can happen but still people were laughing in the audience. There is a very big problem with black gang culture witch needs to be sorted and I do not think glorifying it will help.

april

I thought this film was excellent starring written by and directed by noel clark. It was much better than I had expected. Much better than other uk teen films like bullet boy and life and lyrics. Well directed and well edited no unescesary secnes or moments of bordom (although sex scenes could have been cut out). This film delivers what many Hollywood big budget films fail to deliver. This film does not however give a good depiction of English youth, however other Hollywood films give do not depict young people (especially balcks) in a good light. Really enjoyed the film and would recommend it for anyone over 16. Absolutly loved it. p.s sorry about the spellingand grammar mistakes.

april

I thought this film was excellent starring written by and directed by noel clark. It was much better than I had expected. Much better than other uk teen films like bullet boy and life and lyrics. Well directed and well edited no unescesary secnes or moments of bordom (although sex scenes could have been cut out). This film delivers what many Hollywood big budget films fail to deliver. This film does not however give a good depiction of English youth, however other Hollywood films give do not depict young people (especially balcks) in a good light. Really enjoyed the film and would recommend it for anyone over 16. Absolutly loved it. p.s sorry about the spellingand grammar mistakes.

Lil S.x.

Loool... Why Iz Everyone Ona Big Hype... Fuck Sake Peoples.. Iz Onii A Movie... Chill Out N Jam. Good Film Though... =) x Peace N Lurvvvvvvv x (=

Lil S.x.

Loool... Why Iz Everyone Ona Big Hype... Fuck Sake Peoples.. Iz Onii A Movie... Chill Out N Jam. Good Film Though... =) x Peace N Lurvvvvvvv x (=

MC ROZZA

OH BLUD, NO MESSIN BUT U IZ CHATTIN AIII! ADULTHOOD IZ FUKIN SICK MAN. SICKEST FILM EVA. PROPA REALY LYK. BIG SHOUT OUT 2 MY MANDEM. BRAAAP. PEACE OUT.

MC ROZZA

OH BLUD, NO MESSIN BUT U IZ CHATTIN AIII! ADULTHOOD IZ FUKIN SICK MAN. SICKEST FILM EVA. PROPA REALY LYK. BIG SHOUT OUT 2 MY MANDEM. BRAAAP. PEACE OUT.

usman

i think the debate here is not about the virtues of this movie but rather about the class divisions in british and that is sadly true ,that this movie in some ways is glorifying a pathetic way of life is tragic in itself and sad for this country ,as it is not just an observation but an affirmation of the society it portrays -a real pity

Taye Taye

I think the person that wrote the review needs a slap! lol I aint even watched it and I KNOW he's chatting shit! so what u think posh people don't smoke crack? at least 7/10 posh man smoke charlie so I think u need a reality check ye lol The film is real, just coz ur from some posh private school u dont knwo what irs like growing up in the hood so why not keep your opinions to yourself!

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