Adult Life Skills

Adult Life Skills

(2016)

There's no badge for growing up.

Arrested development dramedy written and directed by Rachel Tunnard and starring Jodie Whittaker (Attack the Block) and Lorraine Ashbourne.... More

"Anna (Whittaker) is stuck: she’s approaching 30 and has just moved back to her rural home-town, and into a shed in her mother’s backyard. She spends her time working a menial job at a local boating center and hides in the depths of her imagination, making movies with her thumbs. Irritated by her childish behaviour, Anna's mother insists that she move out of her shed and on with her life. When a troubled young boy starts hanging around, the two form an unlikely bond. Through their strange yet mutually beneficial friendship, Anna slowly begins to confront her perpetual state of arrested development." (Tribeca Film Festival)Hide

Flicks Review

Steeped in the sort of whimsy that makes a certain strain of American indie cinema films so distinctive/unwatchable, depending on your POV, British writer/director Rachel Tunnard’s modest debut is quietly impressive, winning best supporting actor and best debut screenwriter at the British Independent Film Awards.... More

Anna (Jodie Whitaker from Attack The Block) is nearly 30 – still getting spots and grey hairs – and sleeping in her mum’s (actually quite nice) shed in rural Yorkshire following a family tragedy. Here she makes silly videos like she used to with her brother (Edward Hogg, Kill Your Friends), shutting out the real world, her life halted by loss. She has a job at an outward bound centre run by Alice (Alice Lowe, Sightseers), and deflects the attentions of childhood friend Brendan (Brett Goldstein, TV’s Derek), who swears he’s not gay, he just wore pink shorts once on a French exchange trip and has a soft voice. Her mum (Lorraine Ashbourne, The Selfish Giant) says she needs to grow up; her gran (Eileen Davis, Sightseers) that she needs to get laid. Probably they’re both right.

As Anna goes about picking up those all-important Adult Life Skills (“Like changing a car tyre, or sowing or sending something back in a restaurant,” offers Brendan), Tunnard’s script navigates potentially hackneyed material with wonky charm. Though Micah P Hinson’s yearning Americana is a little overindulged, the film has a core of cold grief, some great lines and a cast full of likeable performers. Fans of Hunt for the Wilderpeople will find much to admire.Hide


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BY freshdude superstar

A great first full length feature from Rachel Tunnard, starring the brilliant Jodie Whittaker as Anna, nearly 30 and disengaged from the real world following the death of her twin brother. However sad the premises may sound, it is full of humour, wit and quirkiness. Supported by a great cast, and full of charming details this film made me laugh out loud but also touched me, and that's always a winner in my book.


This is a lovely little film with Jodie Whittaker (from Broadchurch) as the title character who has yet to move on in life after the death of her twin. She makes little videos with her thumbs as the characters while she works a dead end job in a tiny town living in her mothers garden shed. She's a delight, broken but witty, its a winner in my book I liked its calm pace and perfect ending.


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  • NPR

    I can't imagine a person experienced with offbeat English-language films of the last ten years not seeing much that's familiar in Adult Life Skills, but it's a lovely movie with some very good performances and it makes some very good choices. Full Review