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Nowhere Boy

A movie released October 08, 2010

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  • Feb 2, 2011
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The year is 1957, and 16-year old Liverpool lad John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) is miserable. He hates school and his strict aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott-Thomas) and his mother who abandoned him when he was five. Then he meets his mother again and although she's a little odd, he loves having a mum again, while his auntie isn't so sure.

This little film tells the interesting and sad story of Lennon's childhood and his search for maternal love. Unfortunately, Johnson not only lacks charisma, he doesn't look or sound anything like John and that was a big disappointment. I had to keep reminding myself who he was supposed to be; this could have been about any unhappy young man and I was expecting more. The actors who play Paul and George look nothing like them, either; if they didn't call each other by name, you'd never know who was who. Scott Thomas is absolutely wonderful playing a tough and seemingly cold woman who really loves John but is unable to show it; her scenes are the most dramatic and enjoyable.

The period is recreated well with costumes, hair styles, music, and set decoration. Lennon's fans will enjoy learning why he became interested in music in the first place, how he got his first guitar, and how he formed his first band. All in all, it's a good story, but not a memorable one. 3.5 stars.
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February 10, 2011
Great write-up! I just saw this preview and was thinking about checking it out. But, I do agree with you that when I saw the actors vs the people they were supposed to be portraying, I couldn't see a match. Thanks for sharing :)
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review by . November 06, 2010
Nowhere Boy – A reserved, modest biopic fascinated by its 'nowhere'
3 Stars out of 4      Nowhere Boy deserves appreciation for its scale, intentions, and drama. All three come in small doses that do not ask for anything more than our immediate attention. Since October 2010 marked the seventieth birthday of rock legend John Lennon, it feels necessary to witness Nowhere Boy as a retrospective of the days leading up to a meaningful legacy.       Aaron Johnson is Lennon: his accent is thick, his nuances reflect Lennon in …
review by . February 19, 2011
NOWHERE BOY is a pleasant, often rambling, look at the teen years of John Lennon. It's the short time frame between Lennon being a prankish, low-level vandal and troubled schoolboy who readily captures the interest of the young ladies and his explosion onto the rock scene as a founder of The Beatles.    When the movie begins, Lennon (Aaron Johnson) is living with his aunt Mimi (Kristen Scott Thomas) and Uncle George. His uncle has given him a love of music, radio and generally …
review by . October 30, 2010
NoWhere Boy and John Lennon's Youth
Nowhere Boy is a biopic about John Lennon's teenage years, beginning when he was 15. More than anything, Nowhere Man is about John's relationship with his aunt Mimi, the women who raised him, and his mother, Julia, the women who didn't. These relationships had a huge impact on the man John Lennon became and his music.      The film also explores John's infatuation with Elvis, his desire to form a rock band and how the Quarrymen came to be. His meeting with Paul …
review by . October 15, 2010
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Nowhere Boy Finds Good Home
NOWHERE BOY   Written by Matt Greenhalg   Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood   Starring Aaron Johnson, Kristen Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff       John: Why couldn’t God make me Elvis?   Julia: Because he was saving you for John Lennon.       I’ve had the privilege of seeing some of Sam Taylor-Wood’s art firsthand in exhibition.  It was stark, cold but yet still emotional and affecting.  …
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Nowhere Boy
 is a 2009 British biopic about John Lennon's adolescence, the creation of his first band, The Quarrymen, and its evolution into The Beatles.

The drama tells the story of Lennon's teenage years and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and personality of the two dominant females in his childhood - his Aunt Mimi, and his mother, Julia. In addition, the film shows the first meeting of Lennon with future Beatle Paul McCartney, and the development of their friendship and musical partnership. British actor Aaron Johnson portrays Lennon, and Thomas Brodie Sangster plays Paul McCartney. Aunt Mimi is portrayed by Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff plays Julia.

The film is scheduled to receive its US release on October 8, 2010, coinciding with that weekend's celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Lennon's birth (October 9, 1940).

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Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 08, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Matt Greenhalgh
Runtime: 1hr 35min
Studio: Ecosse Films
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