Most helpful critical review
on 22 May 2010
Made in 1996 on the back of films like Trainspotting, Boston Kickout is an edgy, realistic drama of the time. The story is about Phil who moved to the town out of London in the 80s. He doesn't quite know where his life is headed and he and his friends spend much of their time drinking and getting into fights. His mate's brother goes a step further and is trying to entice Phil into assisting him in a robbery.
If you are from Stevenage you will love spotting the local sights and being a bit anoracky about the local nightclub having an entrance at the other side of the town centre. If you aren't from Stevenage, you may find the references to it and the scenes in the museum a bit OTT. On the whole I would say it was a reasonable representation of how young people felt growing up in the 90s in Stevenage (and probably towns up and down the country) although it has made things out to be a bit worse than they were, for dramatic effect. Look out for one of the only sex scenes in a film where they practice safe sex! Three of the cast have gone onto bigger and better things (John Simm, Andrew Lincoln & Marc Warren) and I suspect this film was a good training ground for them. Also look out for Eastenders' Charlie Slater playing Phil's Dad. There is an interesting Oasis track on the end credits that seems like it may have been written for the film.
On the whole it is a watchable film and a good effort when you consider the low budget and the young cast. A must-watch for people from Stevenage.