16 Years Of Alcohol

16 Years Of Alcohol


Reviewed by: David Haviland

This is a laughably pretentious film and a depressing insight into the psyche of its writer/director Richard Jobson.

The story is largely autobiographical, showing a young Scot (Kevin McKidd) who gets involved in gangs, punk rock and senseless violence.

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He may sound like a nasty piece of work, but there's a justification, you see: as a child, he found out his father wasn't perfect. Ah...

The film is shot with some style, all borrowed from the likes of Godard, Kubrick, Terence Davies, Mike Leigh, and, of course, Trainspotting.

However the style is completely misapplied, consistently detracting from, rather than illuminating, the drama of the scenes.

16 Years Of Alcohol? It only feels that long.

Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2004
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Life and times of a budding drunk in the mean streets of Edinburgh.
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Director: Richard Jobson

Writer: Richard Jobson

Starring: Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Ewen Bremner, Susan Lynch, Iain de Caestecker

Year: 2003

Runtime: 102 minutes

BBFC: 18 - Age Restricted

Country: UK


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