Friday, 29 August 2014

"The Guvnors" (The Guardian 29/08/14)

The Guvnors **
Dir: Gabe Turner. With: Doug Allen, Harley Sylvester, David Essex. 95 mins. Cert: 15

Gabe Turner’s mixed urban drama pursues a workable dramatic idea with a laughable bias, pitting the feral scrotes of a South London estate – led by Rizzle Kick Harley Sylvester – against erstwhile football hooligans who’ve moved out into suburbia. The latter group are as romanticised as King Arthur’s knights, nobly pulling their shivs out of retirement; it’s no shock to see ex-hoolie Cass Pennant listed among the producers. Pleasant surprises include a twinkly-eyed David Essex cameo, but nuance it knows not: every other scene veers towards the usual rucking, and Sylvester does so much aggressive sniffing you just want to hand him a hankie. 

The Guvnors opens in selected cinemas from today.

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