Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

Let it be said now that I am extremely partial to a bit of cheese, counting Mamma Mia! and Wild Child among my favourite movies of 2008 while most people were too busy praising Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight for its divisive aversion to sentimentality. Don’t get me wrong, I know that these movies are far from masterpieces, but that doesn’t by necessity make them unworthy of my time. While not exactly award-winning, they are nevertheless entertaining, and what – if nothing else – is cinema if not entertainment?

Embarrassed by her parents and struggling navigate the pitfalls of high school with her best friends, Georgia Nicholson (Georgia Groome) finds herself drawn to new arrival Robbie (Aaron Johnson), putting a number of contrived schemes into practice as she tries to win his heart. Worried that she might never get a boyfriend, she enlists the help of snogging expert Mr. Saliva (Liam Hess), her cat Angus and her entourage of friends and family. Watching her plans backfire and her problems multiply, she must come to terms with the fact that, no matter how she might feel, she is still a 14 year old girl.

Bringing her experience of teen formula from 2002’s Bend it Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha certainly knows how to make the most of the genre. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging brings Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and It’s OK, I’m Wearing Really Big Pants to the big screen, utilising elements of both novels for the film adaptation.

Combining the usual highs and lows that define the genre – a fancy dress mishap and a second act misunderstanding – with a welcome dose of postmodernism, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging is the Bridget Jones’ Diary for a younger generation – with mercifully less Renee Zellweger. Although Georgia’s punning occasionally verges on Carrie Bradshaw levels of wince-inducing tragedy, she is witty enough to distract from the relatively generic narrative. Georgia is endlessly compelling, charmingly self-effacing and completely relatable – even from the point of view of a 23 year old male (or thereabouts).

Her supporting cast also help to lend proceedings an air of watchability, with Eleanor Tomlinson and Aaron Johnson largely sidestepping the tiresome tropes of best friend and love interest respectively. Each character is endearingly flawed, with resident parents (Karen Taylor and Alan Davies) proving no exception in a series of well acted and nuanced scenes. Shamelessly life affirming and uplifting, this particular foray into teen angst is disarming in its verve and sincerity. With the film’s finale set in Liquid nightclub, the film is also uncanny in it’s ability to tell it like it is. If you’re a 14 year old girl in search of a club to host you’re party, Gurinder Chadha knows exactly where you can go to get lost in the crowd.

Although nothing to write home about, a perky soundtrack, witty script and likeable performances save this adaptation from being lost in the throng of teen drivel.

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About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

One Response to Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

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