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Common People

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
Common People
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

This zesty tale of randomly interlinking lives, shot and set entirely on Tooting Common in south London, is full of charming sentiment, even if it feels more like a community am-dram project than anything to be taken too seriously. There’s a pair of old folk talking in doggy language on a bench; an eclectic bunch of drinkers who look like rejects from the presenting cast of a Saturday morning kids’ TV show; a homeless ex-soldier; and a gaggle of annoying Cub Scouts who innocently find abandoned condoms and help a pregnant woman give birth. A missing parrot serves to tie all these strands together. The big idea is that all life is here, unfolding before our eyes over a day or two on the Common. Unfortunately, the whole thing feels extremely forced, and an embarrassment of shoddy writing and acting doesn’t help. 

Written by Dave Calhoun

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Tuesday 10 June 2014
  • Duration:89 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Stewart Alexander, Kerry Skinner
  • Screenwriter:Stewart Alexander
  • Cast:
    • Sam Kelly
    • Diana Payan
    • Iarla McGowan
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