28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, gentle, funny, genius.
Okay, I'm biased. I must have seen this film fifteen times before I was fifteen (and fifteen times since) but I still enjoy every moment. It's a film that can't help but be funny, full of characters who suffer from the same condition. The harder you squeeze this film the more charm oozes out and therein lies its magic. No tag-team of gag writers can write a film like...
Published on 21 Mar 2002
18 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware! no subtitles!
Now, before I get lynched I'm not saying this because I don't understand the Scottish accent, but I bought this classic film (which I would give 10 stars if it were possible) for my girlfriend, who's Dutch. Even though her English is perfect, she often watches dvd's with the subs on so she doesn't lose meaning because of regional/national accents.
I have never heard of...
Published on 3 May 2005
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, gentle, funny, genius.,
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This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD]  (DVD)Okay, I'm biased. I must have seen this film fifteen times before I was fifteen (and fifteen times since) but I still enjoy every moment. It's a film that can't help but be funny, full of characters who suffer from the same condition. The harder you squeeze this film the more charm oozes out and therein lies its magic. No tag-team of gag writers can write a film like this. They could never muster the innocence and faith wrapped up in these characters and their stories.
It's a film about kids pretending to be grown ups and doing a better job of it than their parents. It's about how the awkwardness and uncertainty of youth never really leaves us. Above all it's about hope: how sometimes not getting what you want is the best thing that can happen. Smart, funny, moving and all made to look so easy. `Bella, Bella!' Five stars just ain't enough.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable kids and adults.Subtle direction , great script.,
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This review is from: Gregory's Girl [VHS]  (VHS Tape)Acute understanding of teenagers trying to cope with their own and what they believe are society's expectations of them, usually with hilarious results. Director Bill Forsyth's teens, adults, school and community solidly believable. John Gordon Sinclair's early talent for goofy comedy a joy to watch.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It all came flooding back,
This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD]  (DVD)I saw this as a spotty youth and loved it. I saw it again as a spotty middle aged person and loved it just as much. These kids could act! The script is subtly amusing and well observed.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Off you go, you small boys ...",
This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD]  (DVD)Scottish director Bill Forsyth's second film (his first was That Sinking Feeling, a Glasgow Youth Theatre project), and here he tapped into the male adolescent psyche of young love with such astute and affectionate ease, that it has been accorded 'evergreen' status by all who fondly remember it. Every school has its 'Gregory' - the lanky, gangly, all arms and legs pimply youth, whom everyone just knows, often with cringeing embarrassment, will unfailingly say the wrong things, at the wrong time, in the wrong context - whatever the situation. Perhaps that is because we secretly suspect that we are ourselves an inexperienced Gregory ...
Filmed mostly in or around a recently-completed housing estate near Scottish 'new town' Cumbernauld, our Gregory (hero-to-many John Gordon Sinclair), hopeless goalie of the school's hopeless football team, becomes infatuated with attractive tomboyish Dorothy (Dee Hepburn) ... who is clearly way out of his league. Ever been there? Gregory's wee 10-year old sister Maddy advises on dress sense - Gregory has none, constantly opting for unfashionable brown - whilst around him his friends go on being teenage boys. Eg. Andy likes to stand on the bridge and watch the lorries go by below ("Did you know that 11 tonnes of Corn Flakes goes under this bridge every morning?")
The film is stuffed with small quirks and visual vignets: the teachers laughing from the window at Gregory's 'shadow goalkeeping' on the playground below; the Headmaster (Chic Murray) tasting a jam-doughnut whilst pastry-obsessed Steve takes down the orders; the peeping-tom schoolboys mesmerized (Andy almost faints) when a nurse removes her brassière whilst smaller but apparently more worldy boys don't bat an eyelid ("All that fuss over a bit o' tit, eh ..."); the Boys' gym-teacher dancing a hip-loosening routine with Dorothy; Gregory's marvellously-accented attempts at bellowing in Italian ("Bella bella ...!") whilst blow-drying his hair ("Arrividerci, Gordon - hurry back."); the photographs sale; the Headmaster's retort, "Off you go, you small boys" as he plays the piano; Gregory's uniquely-bewildered looks as he is shunted from girl to girl ("Here's 50p, you can get plenty of chips with that ..."); the infinitely tender scene of young love as Gregory and Susan (the still utterly delectable and every British schoolboy's 1981 wet dream: Clare Grogan!) are laying on their backs on the grass, 'dancing' so as not to fall off the planet's surface ("You have what is called ... natural ability!"); Susan's remark, "Why are boys so obsessed with numbers ...?"; the two boys' mis-spelled attempt to hitch a ride to Caracus/Caracas ... and perhaps the oddest of all - "Hey, Room 4." - is the mysterious penguin that is never explained, "Room 16 ...?" There are those who hold that the penguin is merely there as a metaphor for Life: we are all shuffling around looking for our mate or for where we ought to be ... Actually, I'd say that was about right ...!
Immensely and endearingly popular with People Of A Certain Age (that's us, folks!), even in the United States - where apparently the Scottish accents had to be 'softened' somewhat. Perhaps the film helped inspire that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers song, Even The Losers (Get Lucky). Whereas Steven Spielberg used to remind us of our 'inner-child,' Bill Forsyth prolonged our teens ... for deep down, most of us still are, or want to be, just teenagers ...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bella! Bella! Don't drop the penguin...,
This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD]  (DVD)A film from another magical world of Scottish-made Chryslers, when teenage girls look pretty and where the sun shines brightly long after 8.30pm...where you could realistically get off with Clare* Grogan (*the interrent tells me she was born Claire, and I can't remember which spelling she now prefers!);-) (her Equity name is now C.P.....)
If you never found this on video, now's your chance to get a shiny disc thingy of it.
Anyone who saw this when it first came out, but not since, will relish the chance to enjoy it again.
In particular, for all the classic moments, like the electric machines at breakfast time and the Italian lessons ("Bella! Bella!") - not to mention how high Gregory used to be able to raise his arm - by being able to watch the film again using a DVD with rewind and pause, you can perhaps work out what actually happens by looking at the little discussions that happen between the girls. I've not met a teenage bloke yet who could explain the plot after just one viewing...
I looked up Christopher Higson - credited as the boy in the penguin suit who embodies this film in his cameos wandering around the school. Apparently he created models for The Lord of the Rings and is therefore subsequently the most successful actor in the film!
As per the other comment, no subtitles, no other languages. The German DVD doesn't even have the English soundtrack! The English edition is far cheaper, though...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Gregory's Girl,
This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD]  (DVD)Quite simply Gregory's Girl is one of the finest British (and more specifically Scottish) films of all time...
Whimsical and made in 1981, it now looks a littled dated in terms of hairstyles and clothes -- however the story is timeless and looks at young love and dating in a Scottish town (Cumbernauld near Glasgow). Oh and there's also some school football in it!!!
John Gordon Sinclair is excellent as the awkward teenager Gregory (most young men will be able to identify with him!) and his first love Dorothy (Gregory's Girl) played by Dee Hepburn with long flowing blonde hair looks stunning (oh to be young again!). Claire Grogan as Susan is also as bubbly and as lovely as ever.
Be warned that the ending is very sudden, but satisfying none the less -- I won't give it away -- you'll need to watch the film!!!
As for the DVD, its in Fullscreen (4:3) format and the sound is only mono which is a little disappointing... However don't let it spoil your enjoyment -- what else can you get these days for less than £3.00!?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and innocent throwback.,
This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD]  (DVD)This comedy gets sweeter and more endearing the older it gets. Made back in the the mists of time when every other youth was not a 'hoodie' and every other adult was not a...well, something even worse, here we have an innocent world where gangly, awkward teenagers fret and frustrate over becoming adults despite all the adults clearly being even more childish than they are. Girls may become boys, the Earth that flies through space at 1,000 miles a second (it's a well known fact) might flip over on its axis, but boys will always be boys and young love what makes their world go round.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Special Film,
This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD]  (DVD)I saw Gregory's Girl when it was first released in the early 1980's as part of a double-bill with Chariots of Fire. I quite liked it, but it wasn't really what I was expecting. I watched it again recently on the television, and now my view has changed: for me this may well be the best film ever made. Like Local Hero, which has long been on my all time top 5 list, it touches things within me that only a very small number of films, books or pieces of music do.
On the face of it, it's nothing special. A low-budget film about teenagers, by a previously unknown director, set in an unremarkable town in Scotland. A simple story - barely a story at all - which has been done many times before and since. Little in the way of character development or jokes. A soundtrack which ignores the New Wave of British music, then at its height, in favour of free-form jazz-funk.
But somehow, from this unpromising mix, emerges the most wonderful piece of film-making. Much has been written about its subtle, observational humour, and the closer you look, the more achingly funny it becomes. But at the same time I have no problem in admitting that it makes me cry. Not tears of self-pity or sadness, just a reaction to the swell of emotion brought on by the profoundly touching last 20 minutes, as Gregory is steered away from his hopeless obsession with the unattainable Dorothy. In a film packed with glorious scenes and moments, the first time we see Susan in her beret waiting by the phone-box is the one that crowns them all.
It's also a film packed with wonderful lines. Here are just a few of my favourites:
"Ten years old, and with the body of a woman of thirteen."
"The nicest part is just before you taste it. Your mouth goes all tingly. But that can't go on for ever."
"Under-age walks. Dates. You'll run out of vices before you're twelve if you don't slow down."
"What we'll do is, we'll just walk and talk. And we don't even need to talk that much either. We'll just see how it goes."
Why do I love Gregory's Girl so much? For many reasons - as the Radio Times Guides to Films says, it is a "near-faultless piece of film-making." But if I had to pick one thing, it would be the way it speaks so eloquently, and with such warm understanding, of feelings that dominated my every waking moment during my own teenage years - specifically the aching desire for a girlfriend combined with a total lack of any idea about how to get one. I think this was all too close to home when I first saw the film - memories of ridiculous and painful obsessions with girls I never spoke to were too fresh in my mind. Perhaps you have to be nearly fifty and a little more battered by life to really understand it.
If you've ever found love confusing and compelling, or if you've ever been smitten with somebody way out of reach, I think you will love this very special film.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bella Bella!,
This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD]  (DVD)This is a film that I could never tire of watching.
I live in the town, and went to the school, that it was filmed. I saw many of the scenes being filmed. I was refused my acting debut at the chip shop scene when the director said "no bikes today son". Never know I could have ended up in Hollywood!!
You may say then that I'm biased when I give this film 5 stars bu it is with all honesty that I say that i would give the film the same score regardless. It is so well observed, the one liners are great and (i don't think anyone has mentioned this) the music is top notch too.
P.S.Why did Gregory say he was leaving the school and then walk into the schools swimming pool?
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring humour,
This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD]  (DVD)Great fun in the early '80s, of course. But how does Gregory's Girl stand up today? Well, it's a relief to say that the magic of this story and the brilliant acting have stood the test of time very well. The situations had me laughing within minutes and John Gordon Sinclair's portrayal of a gangling youth with an infatuation for a streetwise girl footballer is still a classic. This DVD is so cheap you should just add it to your next order. It still defines what a top comedy is all about.
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