A Boy Called Dad

Film, Drama
2 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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Here’s another contemporary British drama that would have been better made for TV and trimmed down to a lean 60 minutes. There’s no problem with the acting. Ian Hart is faultless as Liverpool painter and decorator Joe – feckless, funny, heart somewhere near the right place – who ran out on his young family years ago. Newcomer Kyle Ward plays his son Robbie, now 14 and also a dad after getting a girl from school pregnant. Father and son haven’t seen each other for years, but Robbie recognises dad from the photos when he spots him on the street. The humour in these early scenes is all warmth and sharp edges and this could have been an acute little film about broken families. Instead – and maybe it’s the pressure to write it bigger-than-life for the big screen – the plot becomes more outlandish as Robbie goes on the run with his baby after a fight, with dad close behind. None of it is believable for a minute.

By: Cath Clarke


Release details

Release date:
Friday April 30 2010
79 mins

Cast and crew

Brian Percival
Julie Rutterford
Ian Hart
Louise Delamere

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Couldn't disagree more, this film is brilliantly shot and the acting is faultless, the relationship between Joe and Robbie is split wide open when 'the plot gets outlandish' revealing just how Joe feels he knows his own son and gives a perfect opportunity to see how they both develop as characters and how the events sober them up, allowing them to mature through reflection. Long and short...I am glad I discovered this film and it is by far one of my favourites.

Plot rambled and descended into too many stereotypes for me. Weak ending. But good performances from the two lead characters.