Review: ‘The Pebble and the Boy’ is a sweet coming-of-age road movie.

THE PEBBLE AND THE BOY

Written and directed by Chris Green, The Pebble and the Boy is the story of a son attempting to honor his recently passed father. Riding from Manchester on his dad’s scooter to Mod mecca of Brighton, John gets more than he bargains for in his attempt to scatter his father’s ashes. The film is structured like a walk down memory lane for Phil’s mates and a history lesson for John. Ultimately, The Pebble and the Boy morphs into a way to navigate grief and regret.

Patrick McNamee as John is everything we need him to be; vulnerable and a little lost. I must give mention to John’s would-be sidekick, Nicki. Sacha Parkinson is funny, brash, and fills the screen with her vibrant presence. As the script progresses, the one character we never physically hear from becomes the most intriguing. Phil is an enigma for John. Unraveling the mystery of the man takes center stage and is undoubtedly the most successful aspect of the script. Filled with surprises, The Pebble and the Boy is like a warm hug. It’s a breezy, coming-of-age road movie with one hell of a soundtrack.


Inspired by Mod-culture, The Pebble And The Boy will be released on digital in the US and Canada on November 16.


The film was written and directed by Chris Green (Me, Myself and Di) and stars Patrick McNamee (Our Girl), Sacha Parkinson (Coronation Street), Max Boast (Sex Education), Patsy Kensit (Lethal Weapon 2, Shelter Island), Ricci Harnett (Rise of the Footsoldier) and Jesse Birdsall (Hollyoaks).


The film features tracks from Paul Weller, The Jam, The Style Council, Secret Affair, and The Chords. The title of the film is taken from the final track on Weller’s eighth studio album, As Is Now.


 

Review: ‘On The Road, Somewhere’ Is An Enlightening Adventure

On The Road, Somewhere

Available May 23, 2017 on DVD

Guest review from Reel Reviews Over Brews

On The Road, Somewhere starts with 3 friends; Oliver (Arnold Martínez), Moises (Javier Grullón), and Hemingway (Victor Alfonso) planning a road trip around the Dominican Republic.

Oliver’s main objective of this trip is to say goodbye to his girlfriend before she leaves for New York. Hemingway is trying to get away from his family and become a writer, even though being a writer is frowned upon in their society. Lastly, we have Moises, who is the photographer of the group. He loves photography and is on a quest to capture the perfect picture before starting his career in engineering. This “tripod” encounters a lot of interesting people that help them grow along their adventure. The ones that we get to meet are a famous photographer, a lustful artist, and a hitchhiker from Haiti. On top of the interesting people that this group gets to meet, their constant car trouble causes them to keep changing their travel plans. This journey they’re on could be their last hurrah…

This movie did a great job portraying what a road trip with friends is like. We have been on a lot of road trips together and just like Oliver, Moises, and Hemingway, we also have plenty of teasing, talks about girls, and are constantly trying to stay out of trouble. There are always interesting people to meet and crazy situations that occur when you go on these adventures. On The Road, Somewhere portrayed that extremely well. They also did an excellent job capturing the beauty of the Dominican Republic. There are a few questions left unanswered at the end of the movie, but really, our biggest complaint would be that we were only able to be apart of the group’s journey for a little over an hour. Just when we feel we are getting to know the main characters, the movie is over. It’s very easy to see why this movie won “Best Feature Film” at the 2015 Miami International Film Festival. By the end of this trio’s enlightening adventure, they had us counting down the days until our next road trip… and it can’t come soon enough!

Reel ROB Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Post Credits Scene: No

We want to thank our friends at Reel News Daily for allowing us to do this guest review for them!