Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

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Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers 
by Louise Rennison
Starring
Music by Joby Talbot
Cinematography Richard Pope
Edited by Justin Krish
Martin Walsh
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • 25 July 2008 (2008-07-25) (United Kingdom)
  • 12 March 2009 (2009-03-12) (United States)
Running time 96 minutes
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Australia
Language English
Budget About £700,000[citation needed]
Box office $14,924,919

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging is a 2008 British coming-of-age film co-written and directed by Gurinder Chadha. The film's lead is played by Georgia Groome, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Karen Taylor amongst the supporting cast. The story is based on two teenage novels by Louise Rennison: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers. The narrative follows fourteen year-old Georgia Nicholson (Groome) as she tries to find a boyfriend while also organizing her fifteenth birthday party.

Plot[edit]

On the first day of the school year, 14-year-old Georgia, and her friends, Jas, Ellen and Rosie spot two new students that have just moved to Eastbourne from London. They are brothers — fraternal twins Robbie and Tom. The girls follow the boys, who are exploring Eastbourne with their friend Dave "the Laugh".

After covert surveillance, Jas and Georgia meet Tom and Robbie in the organic food store their family owns. At the store, Jas and Tom quickly bond. Georgia, love-struck and shy, has an awkward conversation with Robbie, her mother's appearance causing further embarrassment. Walking home, the girls discover that Robbie is seeing Georgia's rival, Lindsay. Enlisting the help of her friends, the girls do some 'peeping' to discover Lindsay both wears a thong and enhances her bosom using "jelly" inserts in her brassiere.

Georgia hatches a plan to get closer to Robbie, by pretending that her cat, Angus, has gone missing, gaining Robbie's sympathy and attention. Jas actually has Angus on a leash in another part of town, but he escapes while she is watching Tom, and Robbie does end up recovering Angus. After the successful rescue, Tom asks Jas out on a date.

As a subplot, Georgia's father has been offered a promotion, which would require the family to move to New Zealand. He leaves to prepare for the family to emigrate. Before his departure, Georgia's parents fight about the time spent apart. During his absence, Georgia's mum hires an attractive builder called Jem to re-do the living room, and begins to spend increasingly periods of time with him. Georgia becomes the unofficial head of the house by doing a vast majority of the cooking, and looking after of her sister Libby, a child who often displays 'cat like' behavior throughout the film.

Jas's new relationship causes friction in the group of friends, especially with Georgia, who feels that Jas has 'abandoned' the Ace Gang for Tom. During gym class, they discover that Jas, too, has started wearing thong underwear. Georgia confronts Jas about her changed attitudes, and Jas responds by telling them she's just 'working undercover to spy on the enemy.' Later she tells them that she's gotten them all invited to an exclusive party.

The Ace Gang goes to a local boy's house named Peter Dyer, who educates young girls on about how to snog. Peter had earlier given a 'lesson' to Georgia, and developed a severe crush for her. He confronts her at the party, taking her outside, expresses that she's his best student, whereupon he grabs and her tries to kiss her. Georgia, in an attempt to deflect Peter, falls backwards into bushes, and her skirt ends up around her waist. At that same time, Robbie, Lindsay, Jas and Tom arrive to see this. Robbie, upset at what looks like a passionate relationship between Georgia and Peter, goes inside, while Lindsay rudely comments on Georgia's underwear. Jas looks apologetically at Georgia as she tries her best to recover with dignity. Tom invites Jas to go swimming with him and Robbie. In the previous scene, Georgia expressed her humiliation of the events at the party the other night. Jas explains that she will be going to the pool, and tells Georgia that this will be a perfect opportunity for Georgia to explain the events to Robbie herself.

Georgia meets them at the pool, and due to babysitting duties, is accompanied by her sister. Georgia then shows to Jas her badly fake tanned legs, which have gone a strong shade of orange due to misapplication. They then reemerge, and Georgia explains to Robbie that she's not dating Peter, and that it was all a big misunderstanding, which pleases Robbie. During their time in the pool, Georgia's badly tanned legs are revealed. Although embarrassed, Robbie successfully reassures Georgia. The two kiss, however Robbie awkwardly pulls away from her, then leaves after saying he has to "sort some things out."

Georgia, during a discussion with Jas about the events, is reassured about Robbie's interest with her, due to similar behavior before Jas and Tom began their relationship. Peter later comes to Georgia's house, who is pursuing her. Georgia rejects his advances, and as an explanation of her lack of interest, lies and tells him she is a lesbian.

The next day, rumors that Georgia is a lesbian have spread, with Dave 'The Laugh' passing Georgia a note, inquiring as to her sexuality. Georgia tells him she isn't a lesbian, Dave commenting that Robbie said that she wasn't. The mention of Robbie pleases Georgia, who is then dismayed when she realizes that Robbie has not invited her to a 'gig' in Brighton that 'Stiff Dylan', Robbie and Dave's band, is playing at. Georgia ends up asking Dave to the gig, after reading Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, which her mother had given to her to attempt to explain the differences between men and women. Georgia hopes to make Robbie realize his feelings for her by inducing a little jealousy. Robbie tries to talk to Georgia at the gig, but is stopped by Lindsay, who tells him that she is holding a party. Dave walks Georgia home, and Dave confesses to Georgia that he really likes her. He tries to kiss her, but Georgia makes him give her a handshake instead. He then respectfully kisses her on the cheek, and says "see you around, beautiful" which upsets Georgia.

The next day at school, Dave won't talk to Georgia. Hurt, he's found out that she was only using him to make Robbie jealous, calling Georgia a "heartless user." He stops talking to her as well, due to the fact that he and Dave are friends. Georgia soon finds out during gym class that it was Jas who leaked this information, and they have an argument, which quickly turns physical (while playing sports, Georgia kicks Jas' leg), and they vow never to speak to each other again.

Georgia decides that it is best for everyone if she emigrates to New Zealand, a plan she had originally been hostile to, due to her lack of friends and romantic interests. She makes major changes in her life, including taking better care of the house due to her mother's frequent absences, cooking and looking after Libby, throwing out her teen magazines, listening to dolphins, and doing meditative yoga for relaxation purposes. She even dyes a streak of her hair a shocking blonde.

Georgia goes to the beach, knowing Robbie would be there and apologizes to him. Robbie tells her that he ended the relationship with Lindsay and that he wrote a song about her (Georgia) called "Bitch in a Uniform" when he was pissed off at her. However, he still likes Georgia and can't stop thinking about her. She tells him she's leaving for New Zealand, dejecting him. They stand up and he offers her his hand, and Georgia thinks that he is merely calling a truce. They are about to kiss for the second time, but as Robbie brushes her hair, he discovers her blonde streak, which causes a distraction when it falls off in his hand.

On her fifteenth birthday night, Georgia's mum takes her to a club to celebrate. It turns out to be a big surprise party, which Jas had secretly organized with Georgia's mum. She is greeted by all her friends and her family, with Jas and Georgia befriending each other again. Georgia's mother tells her that she must also thank Jem for the party as well, who is revealed to have a boyfriend who owns the club, dissuading Georgia's fears of infidelity. Georgia's father also has returned from New Zealand as a surprise. The family decides to stay in Eastbourne.

The Stiff Dylans are performing the song "Ultraviolet" which Robbie had written about Georgia. During the song, Georgia introduces Ellen (the last single member of the Ace Gang) to Dave. They are immediately attracted to one another and end up sharing a kiss. Georgia also introduces an unnamed girl to Peter, who are seen dancing happily together.

The Stiff Dylan's are interrupted mid-song by an angry Lindsay, who had come from her own party (which only two of her friends attended), calling Georgia several rude names, herself perfect, and declares that it's perfectly obvious which one Robbie should choose. Robbie takes Georgia's hand and pulls her on-stage, telling Lindsay that Georgia is the one he wants, and that she's perfect for him. Jas, and the other members of the Ace Gang join them on-stage, and Jas then pulls Lindsay's "jellies" out of her bra, displaying her fake nature. Lindsay, shamed, disappears off stage. Robbie apologizes for Lindsay trying to ruin her party, and Georgia coyly asks Robbie if he really thinks she's perfect. Robbie replies, "I thinks you're "mad" — you're perfect for me." They hug and finally kiss on the stage.

The movie ends with a scene at Georgia's breakfast table with her, her parents, Libby, and Angus seated, talking and eating. In narration, Georgia relates to us that she is now very happy with her life; she doesn't mind her parents enthusiastically snogging in front of her anymore, that she has great understanding friends, and that she doesn't mind not looking perfect — it's overrated. As she leaves the house to go to school, we see Robbie waiting for her. They lock hands, and as they step off to school, the scene changes to them on a date, walking along the boardwalk on a warm evening, enjoying each other.

Cast[edit]

  • Georgia Groome as Georgia Nicolson: The main character, a 14-year-old girl who falls in love with Robbie and tries to get him to be her boyfriend throughout the film.
  • Aaron Johnson as Robbie Jennings: Georgia's love interest, he's in a band called The Stiff Dylans, and is initially Lindsay's boyfriend.
  • Karen Taylor as Connie Nicolson: Georgia's mum, she is 'old-fashioned', and scares Georgia as it seems she gets very close to Jem, but also attempts to maintains a close relationship with her daughter.
  • Alan Davies as Bob Nicolson: Georgia's loving dad, a bit 'old-fashioned' too, as he does want Georgia to have a party in a club for her birthday.
  • Eleanor Tomlinson as Jas: Georgia's best friend, very girlish in understanding, and wants to get a boyfriend just as much as Georgia does. She worries about her lack of ample cleavage. She starts to date Tom, Robbie's fraternal twin brother.
  • Manjeeven Grewal as Ellen: Georgia's friend, in 'The Ace gang' along with Georgia, Jas and Rosie. She is the vulnerable one of the group. In the end, she dances with Dave and they kiss.
  • Georgia Henshaw as Rosie: Georgia's friend, fourth member of 'The Ace gang’. She is the experienced one of the group because she already has a boyfriend.
  • Kimberley Nixon as Lindsay: Georgia's rival, is the main antagonist of the film. She is slim and very good looking but she is a complete bully to Georgia. She is seen as 'the slag of the century'.
  • Sean Bourke as Tom Jennings: Robbie's brother, later Jas' boyfriend.
  • Tommy Bastow as Dave The Laugh: Georgia uses Dave to make Robbie jealous, which makes him feel very hurt. Dave is one of Robbie's best friends. He had feelings for Georgia until the party. He dances with Ellen and they share a kiss.
  • Liam Hess as Peter Dyer (Saliva Boy): He likes Georgia a lot, though the feeling is not mutual. He gives girls lessons on how to snog, charging five 'quid' for a session.
  • Matt Brinkler as Sven: Rosie's crazy boyfriend, an exchange student[citation needed] from Sweden.
  • Eva Drew as Libby Nicolson: Georgia's 6-year-old sister, very eccentric. Likes to dress up her cat Angus.
  • Steve Jones as Jem: He remodels/decorates a room in Georgia's house and Georgia thinks her mother is falling for him.
  • Stiff Dylans as themselves (with the extension of Robbie).
  • Ray Shirley as Woman with the Poodle
  • Benny & Jimmy as Angus: The cat of titular distinction.

Production[edit]

Chadha was originally brought into the project as a scriptwriter:[1]

When the project came to me, the studio, Paramount, had had it for five years and even though they're British books they had these two American guys adapt the book and they couldn't get it to work. I read the script and thought how weird, this is a sort of LA male's version of an English girl's childhood and then I read the books and I thought wow, there is something here that relates to me growing up that I hadn't seen in the script. I thought this could be a British genre film or be like Clueless or Mean Girls in England and I liked the idea of doing a British version of those films. Then it clicked that it should be like Sixteen Candles.

Most of the scenes were filmed on location in Brighton and Eastbourne.[2] Others, such as the gig scene and some interiors and exteriors for Georgia's house, were filmed in and around Ealing Studios, London. Areas in nearby West London like Bishopshalt school in Hillingdon and the Liquid nightclub in Uxbridge were used as well.[3] Other sites include locations in Teddington and Twickenham. Costumes included green blazers and kilts borrowed from St. Bede's Prep School in Eastbourne, and props included Eastbourne's signature blue bins to add to the effect and continuity when filming in multiple locations.

Release[edit]

The film was the first movie produced by Nickelodeon Movies to receive a PG-13 rating in the United States.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 71% based on reviews from 24 critics. The site's consensus states: "Based on two of British writer Louise Rennison's popular books, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging is a pleasant and funny tween comedy, comfortable for UK audiences as well as stateside crowds."[4]

Critics noted the strong central performance of Georgia Groome, who was praised for her "super-engaging"[5] and "endearingly natural" performance.[6]

Box office[edit]

The film has earned $14,924,919, which includes $10,627,381 (£6.6 million) from the UK alone.[7] The film was in the top 40 in the UK and Ireland and Malta 2008 box office.[8] The film was not released theatrically in the United States, but instead had its U.S. premiere on Nick at Nite and TeenNick, where it was rated TV-PG, and later was released on DVD.

Music[edit]

  1. "She's So Lovely" - Scouting for Girls
  2. "Girls and Boys In Love" - The Rumble Strips
  3. "The Show" - Lenka
  4. "Naïve" - Lily Allen
  5. "She's Got You High" - Mumm-Ra
  6. "Who Needs Love" - Razorlight
  7. "Your Song" - Kate Walsh
  8. "Mad About the Boy" - Ava Leigh
  9. "Young Folks" - Peter Bjorn and John
  10. "Toothpaste Kisses" - The Maccabees
  11. "Sugar Mouse" - Oh, Atoms
  12. "Ever Fallen in Love" - Stiff Dylans
  13. "I Found Out" - The Pigeon Detectives
  14. "In the Morning" - The Coral
  15. "Pull Shapes" - The Pipettes
  16. "Great DJ" - The Ting Tings
  17. "Ultraviolet" - Stiff Dylans

Some songs played in the film were not included on the soundtrack:

  1. "Out of Time" - Stiff Dylans
  2. "You're The Best Thing" - The Style Council
  3. "True" - Spandau Ballet
  4. "I'm Your Man"- Shane Richie
  5. "Mr. Loverman" - Shabba Ranks
  6. "Dance wiv Me" - Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome
  7. "Teenage Kicks" - Nouvelle Vague

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Teenage kicks: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging". London: The Independent. 24 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008. 
  2. ^ Field, Annemarie (5 October 2007). "Perfect town for major teen film". Eastbourne Herald. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Production Notes". Movie's office website. 
  4. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/angus_thongs_and_perfect_snogging/
  5. ^ McCahill, Mike (25 July 2008). "Film Reviews: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Tookey, Christopher (31 July 2008). "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging: Refreshing optimism in a world of angst". Daily Mail (London). 
  7. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/intl/?page=&country=MO&id=_fANGUSTHONGSANDF01
  8. ^ UK, Ireland and Malta Yearly Box Office from Box Office Mojo

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