Reading, the 1970s. The lifestyle of three friends — Freddie (Cooke), Bruce (Hughes) and Snork (Doolan) — is put to the test when Freddie starts a new job selling door-to-door insurance under the watchful eye of creepy boss Mr. Kendrick (Ralph Fiennes) and mentor Mike Ramsay (Goode). The situation is further complicated when Freddie rediscovers his long-lost childhood sweetheart, Julie (Jones) — who just happens to be Kendrick’s daughter and Ramsay’s fiancée.
Rather than an easy nostalgia-fest filled with flared trousers, Gervais and Merchant have captured a warm, funny and engaging coming-of-age drama, the like of which British cinema rarely delivers.
Reviewed by Ian Freer
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