Papadopoulos & Sons (15)

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Drama

Papadopoulos and Sons

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Posted: Thu Apr 4 2013

Harry Papadopoulos (Stephen Dillane) is a self-satisfied, self-made man who has risen to the luxurious heights of the nouveau riche. He wants his son (Frank Dillane) to be a lawyer and scorns the boy’s ambitions to become a botanist (a vocation that’s certainly a bit more original than the usual musician/actor/artist cliché). But when the financial crisis hits Harry’s empire hard, the newly skint family must move in with wacky Uncle Spiros (Georges Corraface) and help him run his London chip shop. Hugging and learning ensues.

It’s a decent if unambitious premise and the film is crisply shot. But despite a degree of originality and some nicely judged performances, the overall journey and life lessons are predictable. The lines where Harry spells out his epiphany are among the script’s most cringeworthy moments: ‘Success is the joy you feel’ is pure self-help drivel. This is the type of London-set, small-scale filmmaking that you want to get behind and champion – if only it were a little bit more surprising.

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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Apr 5, 2013

Duration:

109 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Marcus Markou

Cast:

Stephen Dillane, Georgia Groome, Ed Stoppard

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Will Heston

I came across this film by chance and recently bought the DVD and now I'm reading the reviews after the fact. There seems to have been a drift to heartless, crude 'gag' based movies and cold, dark council estate gangster fayre. This was totally refreshing. It reminded me of an old Ealing comedy and I found it quite beautiful. It's a sweet love letter. A gentle thing. Its a cup of tea with your Nan type movie. And that sort of makes it cool, if your're really cool but totally uncool if your uncool trying to be cool. Four out of Five.

Will Heston

I came across this film by chance and recently bought the DVD and now I'm reading the reviews after the fact. There seems to have been a drift to heartless, crude 'gag' based movies and cold, dark council estate gangster fayre. This was totally refreshing. It reminded me of an old Ealing comedy and I found it quite beautiful. It's a sweet love letter. A gentle thing. Its a cup of tea with your Nan type movie. And that sort of makes it cool, if your really cool but totally uncool if your uncool trying to be cool. Four out of Five.