Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy

A scene from NOWHERE BOY, a film by Sam Taylor-Wood. Photo courtesy Weinstein Company. All rights reserved.

Nowhere Boy (2009/2010)

Opened: 10/08/2010 Limited

Limited10/08/2010
Arclight/Holly...10/08/2010 - 10/28/201021 days
Film Forum/NYC10/08/2010 - 10/26/201019 days
Laemmle's Play...10/15/2010 - 11/11/201028 days
Laemmle's Moni...10/15/2010 - 11/04/201021 days
Laemmle's Clar...10/15/2010 - 10/28/201014 days
Laemmle's Town...10/15/2010 - 10/28/201014 days
AMC Loews Meth...10/22/2010 - 10/28/20107 days
Village East10/29/2010 - 11/23/201026 days
AMC Deer Valley10/29/2010 - 11/11/201014 days
Laemmle's Fall...10/29/2010 - 11/09/201012 days
Laemmle's Musi...11/05/2010 - 11/11/20107 days
Sunset 5/LA11/12/2010 - 11/25/201014 days
DVD01/25/2011

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Genre: British Biographical Drama

Rated: R for language and a scene of sexuality.

Short Synopsis

Imagine... John Lennon's childhood. Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen-year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John (Aaron Johnson): Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), the buttoned-up Aunt who raised him, and Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock n' roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie Sangster). Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice - and an icon explodes into the world.

Long Synopsis

Woolton, Liverpool, the mid 1950's... rebellious teenager John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) lives with his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and Uncle George (David Threlfall). He's a cheeky, irreverent adolescent over whom Mimi tries to keep a strict rein, despite John's efforts to get into trouble playing truant and 'bus surfing', among other things. George, on the other hand, is more of a soft touch and there's a tremendous affection between him and John, which is cemented when George buys John his first harmonica and promises to teach him to play. They share a love of music and radio comedy: their fun-loving relationship contrasts with the constant raised eyebrow of Mimi.

Everything changes when Uncle George has a heart attack and dies as he and John lark about together. The loss of George leaves an unfillable void in the house, but, as Mimi bluntly informs John when he turns to her for comfort, "we just have to get on with it, it's just the two of us now." After George's funeral, John's cousin asks him if he would like to meet his mother, the skittish red haired woman who made an appearance at George's graveside earlier. John agrees and is shocked to realize that she lives less than a mile's walk away from his Aunt's house on Menlove Avenue.

When he arrives, his mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) can hardly believe he is at her door. She hugs him like he has never been hugged before; tight, almost too tight. He meets his younger stepsisters and is seduced by the lively house and life his Mum inhabits, a stark contrast to his home at Aunt Mimi's. Julia is smitten by him too, and whisks him off to Blackpool for the day, where she introduces him to a brand new music from America: rock 'n' roll.

Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock n' roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie Sangster). Soon Paul and John are regularly practicing at Mimi's, though she hastily consigns them to the porch to make their 'music.' It is here during one of their sessions that Paul tells John that they really should write their own stuff if they are going to make any money. John sees that he is talking sense and also finds out they have more in common than he first thought - Paul too has grown up without a mother.

Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice - and an icon explodes into the world.