The Be All And End All Review

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Diagnosed with a terminal heart condition, Liverpool teenager Robbie (Bolt) resolves to lose his virginity before he dies. With his friend Ziggy's (Byrne) help he may just get lucky...


Quietly collecting awards across the festival circuit, Bruce Webb’s endearing feature debut is a tough old sell but a surprising success — a laugh-out-loud terminal disease movie. When teenager Robbie (Josh Bolt) is bundled into a children’s ward with a fatal heart condition, he ropes in best friend Ziggy (Eugene Byrne) to grant his dying wish — to lose his virginity. If this was Hollywood, Ziggy’s series of unfortunate pimping events would be grossly cornball. But it’s not — it’s inner-city Liverpool, and any mawkishness is shovelled over with earthy laughter and neo-realist grit. Largely, that’s down to Webb’s faith in his two young lads — both locals, with zero acting experience — who forge a teen friendship that’s warmly authentic and very moving.

It could have been terrible, but director Bruce Webb's comedy is affecting, funny and really very moving.