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Dummy [DVD]

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  • Actors: Thomas Grant, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Emma Catherwood, Therese Bradley, Moira Brooker
  • Directors: Matthew Thompson
  • Producers: Matthew Thompson, David Langan, Miranda Robinson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007I2XAUU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,140 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first feature from British film-maker Matthew Thompson is a darkly humorous coming-of-age drama. The lives of two young brothers, Danny (Aaron Johnson) and Jack (Thomas Grant), are thrown into turmoil when their mother dies suddenly, leaving the boys to fend for themselves. While Danny immerses himself in sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the younger Jack reacts to the death of his mother in a less predictable way. With the help of some make-up and his mother's old clothes, he transforms a life-size shop mannequin into a brand new 'mummy'. Jack's obsessive attachment to this new family matriarch soon leads to discord between the two brothers.

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 Dec. 2012
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This is an independent British film, which tells the story of two brothers. They live in Brighton with their doting mother. Only she suddenly dies leaving them to their own devices. The eldest brother Danny (Aaron Taylor-Johnson `Kick Ass') is into his dance music and so indulges in a parent free zone by enjoying himself, drinking and living t up.

Meanwhile younger brother Jack (Thomas Grant) just can't let go of his mum. So he carries on as if she was still alive. He makes her breakfast and has conversations with her, and then he sort of makes a mock up from a dress dummy (hence the title) and carries on as if that were his mother. Their mother was very artistic and has even done a self portrait of her showing her bum - nice touch that. The father has left eons ago and is never really alluded to.

As Danny gets more un guardian like, things start to spin out of control, but he has a steady hand from his girlfriend which helps things along as they go from one mess to the next.

This is billed as coming of age drama and it does do that in a fresh and original way. Emma Catherwood playing Zoe is particularly likeable but everyone puts in a fine performance. It has its funny moments but essentially this is about how young people deal with grief and each other as they grow up in a modern setting. It is paced in such a way that you have time to think, so not a roller coaster, but I think it is all the better for it. Recommended to fans of independent cinema who like things a bit different.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ivan S on 16 Feb. 2013
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Good, unusual (but believable) story and very good natural acting especially by Thomas Grant, who played 11-year-old Jack. Sad and funny story of how two very different boys were coping with loss of mother. I can recommend it, despite of some poor reviews (e.g. Guardian). For sure it is not for everybody...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jade M on 2 Jun. 2014
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I brought this film only seeing a trailer and I loved it. Though it may seem like a typical sad film it shows it from the point of view from both sides. With the secrets, drugs, alcohol, sex and a 'dummy' It shows how two people can deal with the same thing in different ways. It's a natural feeling film and with the 'flashbacks' it gives you time to see why both of them feel the different ways. I love the raw natural feel.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mac on 7 April 2014
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why does every British film I've seen disappoint so much. this one is up there with the rest. no no.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
interesting and moving 20 Dec. 2014
By Greta - Published on Amazon.com
Dummy tells the story of two brothers who lose their single mother and have to learn to cope with grief and care for each other. Danny (Aaron Johnson), the eldest, gets the custody of 11-years old Jack (Thomas Grant), but refuses to face his feelings and throws himself into alcol, drugs, his career as a DJ and his relationship with Zoe. Jack, instead, tries to keep the house together and builds a dummy that he talks to like it was his mom. There are various flashbacks that revisit their last day with their mother and how, after her death, they discovered a few secrets that she was hiding. In a way this film is quite similar to Lars and the Real Girl, and a part from their unusual, original premises, the two also share some whimsical humor, which makes the melodrama lighter and easier to watch.
Even if Dummy is flawed and the story is at times predictable, the genuine performances (Thomas Grant makes an endearing, great breakthrough performance and it is already clear that Aaron Jonhson was a natural headed for stardom), solid directing, great cinematography and use of setting (Brighton is so beautiful!) make it an interesting and moving watch. If you're in the mood for an original melodrama give this one a try!
I agree with Greta a good movie. I watched all the way through and ... 23 May 2015
By Rachel - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with Greta a good movie. I watched all the way through and did not think about finding something else to watch.
Great movie! 30 May 2015
By 7890z - Published on Amazon.com
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Great movie! Watched it with no expectations, but ended up loving it! Recommend!
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By Gary9696 - Published on Amazon.com
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