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Directed by Noel Clarke
Mark Davis
Produced by Damon Bryant
Dean O'Toole
Noel Clarke
Written by Noel Clarke
Starring Emma Roberts
Tamsin Egerton
Ophelia Lovibond
Shanika Warren-Markland
Mandy Patinkin
Kevin Smith
Noel Clarke
Music by Adam Lewis
Cinematography Franco Pezzino
Edited by Mark Davis
Mark Everson
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • 2 June 2010 (2010-06-02)
Running time
117 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Box office $1,163,967 [1] (which stands for 4 girls, 3 days, 2 cities, 1 chance) is a 2010 British-American crime thriller film directed by Noel Clarke and Mark Davis, written by Clarke and starring Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton, Ophelia Lovibond, Shanika-Warren Markland, Mandy Patinkin, Helen McCrory, Kevin Smith, Camille Coduri and Clarke.[2] It was released on 2 June 2010.


The story focuses on four 19-year-old friends, Joanne (Emma Roberts), Cassandra (Tamsin Egerton), Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond) and Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland). They all meet one other at a diner, where they see Dillon (Adam Deacon) and Smoothy (Ashley Thomas). Unbeknownst to Dillon, Shannon has a crush on him. As the police turn up, Dillon and Smoothy run off and Dillon accidentally drops a stolen diamond into Cassandra's bag. The four girls then walk out and go their separate ways home.

Firstly, the story focuses upon Shannon: she walks into her home just as her mother is leaving her father. She loses her temper and runs away, going to Jo's home, who has to rush to work, telling her she does not have time to talk. Later on, Jo calls Shannon over to the supermarket where she works, but tells her to leave as soon as she arrives. When she refuses, Dillon kisses Jo, upsetting Shannon, so she grabs a Pringles tube from the shop and runs away.

After getting drunk at a bar, she goes to tunnel where she graffitis. Sitting on a bench, she is attacked by a gang and then taken in by Kelly (Michelle Ryan), who saved her. Shannon realises that Kelly seems to be looking for the Pringles. This is later confirmed when she finds out that she is searching for "15 diamonds". One is already in Cassandra's bag, whilst the rest are in the Pringles can which had fallen out of Shannon's bag in the tunnel. She escapes by knocking Kelly out with the bathroom door. She finds the diamonds by going back to the bench where she was attacked. Her story ends with her holding the diamonds above a bridge, suggesting she is about to jump and commit suicide. Jo, Cassandra and Kerrys arrive and appear to threaten Shannon into handing the diamonds over.

Secondly, the story moves onto Cassandra, who visits New York to meet up with a man called "Brett" she has met on the internet and audition for a prestigious piano school. She has sex with Brett and in the morning finds all her possessions gone except for her handbag, which contains a diamond. She also finds a letter that Shannon has been looking for, which was written by her mother explaining why she left.

She goes to "Brett's" house to find that "Brett" is a stalker who had hacked into Cassandra's computer, taking videos of her. When the fake Brett comes, she knocks him out but he later escapes and chases her down the street where she is rescued by a black woman and her family, who do not take kindly to Brett's racist comments. Cassandra forces her way into an audition with Jago Larofsky (Mandy Patinkin) and wins a place at his school. She then leaves to go home to London.

Thirdly the story of Kerrys is explored. Kerrys and her girlfriend Jas (Susannah Fielding) break into Cassandra's flat and stay there. Kerrys' brother Manuel (Gregg Chillin), upon discovering them inside, locks them in the panic room and throws a party. When the two girls escape from the panic room, they lock Manuel in there and run away.

Finally, Jo, who works at a 24-hour supermarket with Angelo (Jacob Anderson). She finds that her new manager Tee (Noel Clarke) is in town. Tee has been working with Dillon and Smoothy to deliver the diamonds, but one is missing. Tee asks Dillon and Smoothy to come over to the supermarket. Dillon and Smoothy come to get the money, when they find that Tee has betrayed them, keeping the money for himself and they hold up the store in retaliation.

When Shannon arrives, Jo tries to make her leave and Dillon kisses Jo, which, unseen to Shannon, is at gunpoint. Shannon leaves, stealing a tube of Pringles, and Dillon and Smoothy escape, leaving Tee with the 14 diamonds. Tee, however has hidden them in a tube of Pringles, the same tube that Shannon stole. When Tee is about to be shot by Kelly, Jo rescues him, but when he tries to run, Angelo attacks him. Tee is then arrested.

Cassandra returns with the last diamond and the letter. She meets Jo and Kerrys and they go to find Shannon. They talk her down and give her the letter, comforting her. They put the fourteen diamonds together, give them into the police and fly to New York. Unbeknownst to them, Kelly is also on the plane.


Critical reception[edit]

The film has received mixed reviews from critics. On film review website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has garnered nine fresh reviews and sixteen negative reviews, giving the film an overall rotten 36% rating from critics.[3]

However, Peter Bradshaw from British newspaper The Guardian and Wendy Idle from The Times both gave the film a negative review. Bradshaw said the film is "all over the place", also deeming that the acting is on the "torpid side", and Idle believed the film "might just claim back a small corner of the multiplex audience from the relentless onslaught of cynical Hollywood garbage" and described the film as "mostly" bad.

Soundtrack album by Various
Released 28 May 2010 (2010-05-28)
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 63:38
Label Sony Music Entertainment
Producer Noel Clarke
  1. "Keep Moving"- Adam Deacon & Bashy featuring Paloma Faith
  2. "No Bullshit" – Bodyrox
  3. "When I'm Alone" – Lissie
  4. "Ya Get Me" (Movie Snippet) – Adam Deacon
  5. "On This Ting" – Adam Deacon
  6. "A Different Light" – Kerry Leatham
  7. "Bend Over" (Movie Snippet) – Kevin Smith & Tamsin Egerton
  8. "Better Days" (Revox) – Speech Debelle featuring Micachu, Wiley and Incredubwoy
  9. "I Wanna Party" – Mz Bratt
  10. "Don't Look Back" – The Union Exchange
  11. "Go Home" – Eliza Doolittle
  12. "Do You Fancy Me?" (Bluff) – Kerry Leatham
  13. "No Significance" – Davinche featuring Henriette Bond
  14. "Drunk Girls" – Stefan Abingdon
  15. "Paradox" – WKB featuring Myles Sanko
  16. "DanceFloor" – Davinche
  17. "This Year" – Mz Bratt featuring Griminal
  18. "Forever" – Ashley Walters
  19. "She's A Gangsta" – Bashy featuring Zalon
  20. "You Took My Shopping" (Movie Snippet) – Tamsin Egerton
  21. "Typical Actor" – Adam Deacon
  22. "Pretty Young Things" – Bodyrox
  23. "My Size Kid" – Adam Deacon
  24. "Strangely Sexy Though" (Movie Snippet) – Emma Roberts


  1. ^ " (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  2. ^ O'Hara, Helen (17 September 2009). "Noel Clarke Begins Shooting". Empire. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes Ratings". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 

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