School is out for summer, and 12 year old Shaun is about to find a dangerous new group of friends. Having lost his father in the Falklands War, life has been lonely in this grim coastal town in northern England. When Shaun meets the local skinheads, however, their companionship and even their violence appeal to Shaun’s hurt and rage. In Combo, an older volatile skinhead, Shaun finds a big brother and under Combo’s leadership, the gang and young Shawn will arrive at an irreversible act of violence.
Pros: Story, acting (particularly Thomas Turgoose Cons: Some of the relationships strain credibility The Bottom Line: The film's themes are not pleasant ones, but the acting and music alone are enough to warrant consideration. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I think we prefer to think that thugs or otherwise violent sub-cultures as “totally other.” This Is … more
"This is England" Skinhead Culture Amos Lassen Skinhead culture mystifies the western world because it is one of the few remaining subcultures in the West and it also has connections to the Nazis. During the summer of 1983 there were "mods", "new romantics" and "skinheads" on England. Twelve year old Shaun is left to wander aimlessly alone and lost at the beginning of his school holidays. By chance he meets Woody and his friends, … more
"This is England" is a riveting story about a lonely young boy who lost his father in the Falkland War and who turns to a group of young "skinheads" for kicks and friendship. All of the kids are tough troublemakers who get the kid, Shaun, involved in activities that no twelve year old should be involved in, but they are depicted as mainly a good group of kids, who don't have much besides each other and so really care about each other. They are into music and drinking and the occasional "spliff" … more