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Rare Beasts

5.41 h 31 min2021X-Ray15
Mandy (Billie Piper) is a modern woman in a crisis. Raising a son, Larch (Toby Woolf) in the midst of a female revolution, mining the pain of her parents' separation and professionally writing about a love that no longer exists, she falls upon a troubled man, Pete (Leo Bill), who is searching for a sense of worth, belonging and 'restored' male identity.
Billie Piper
Billie PiperLeo BillKerry Fox
English [CC]
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David ThewlisLily JamesToby Woolf
Billie PiperVaughan SivellFranki GoodwinWill KaneMike RattenburyEloise SingerLuke DundasBen PughJosh VarneyJim ReeveRobert HalmiJeff K ClarkeClaire LeeStephen WallaceAdam PatridgeKeith Potter
Western Edge Pictures
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3.3 out of 5 stars

189 global ratings

  1. 35% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 15% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 13% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 22% of reviews have 1 stars
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Adam K.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's Rom Com, but not as you know it
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An extraordinairy, twisted take on the romcom genre, feeding it through a shredder and stitching it back together again, with eyes tightly closed. It's a distorted and darkly funny piece, with disjointed, oblique dialogue that sounds as if it actually comes from another film entirely and is crammed into unrelated scenarios. Every single beat and trope from your standard rom-com is here, but they're all hit as if from the other side of a fractured mirror. A montage of a day out on London's South Bank, for example, is set to a lilting and romantic instrumental but instead of the breathless, loved-up fun you'd expect, it's played out awkwardly and clumsily and climaxes in toe-curling embarassment. Written, directed and starring Billie Piper as the single mother and her sticky relationships and I'm in awe of the progress she's made since her teen pop stardom/ladette days. It's a brave, uncompromising film of warped power and imagination. Not for everyone, that's for sure, but it's one of my top films of the year.
Jimmy nibReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 June 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of time
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Boring vanity project from Billie Piper. Needed an editor to put it together. Well acted tripe. It was hyped as an anti Rom Com but was simply rubbish. Richard Curtis has nothing to worry about. After the recent television series starring Billie Piper I really expected this to be good. Waste of time and money. Very disappointed.
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wildstrawberriesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
vicious and exhilarating
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This is a terrific film without a dull moment: acutely observant, no one gets away without criticism but also without love and care. The central relationship that weaves in and out of focus is mother and son, child and parent. Don't underestimate this film, beware of threatened male critics and relish the opportunity to spend time with such self-aware humour and caustic intelligence. A generous movie.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 August 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Crude and profane.
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Although this was well acted, the script is littered with bad language. Once the child, played by Toby Woolf (whom I know) both used and was exposed to this, I switched off. I walked out of Billy Elliot in the theatre for the same reason. I don't like to see or hear children using foul language in the media. It's a slippery slope.
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FranReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Switched off after 10 minutes. Really irritating beginning. Bored me to the point of not wanting to watch it further. Maybe it gets better but I’m not wasting any more time to find out.
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HarveyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Just found it pretty unwatchable was like a psychotic episode made into a film.
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Mr Julian MeadReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t waste your time or £
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This was quite possibly the worst film of the year so far. Hyped up by Billies ex husband over national radio, I erroneously thought it might be worth a watch. How mistaken, the best bit, it cost me a sodding tenner...
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Pat RussellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not my cup of tea
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It’s a film. Didn’t like it much.
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