Following the trend of films such as Juno and The Princess Diaries, a fresh teenage character is born in the delightful mishaps of 14-year-old Georgia Nicolson, played by Georgia Groome, in the plucky teenage romantic comedy, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

Set in Eastbourne, Sussex, the film’s title is derived from Georgia’s adventures, as she learns valuable lessons on boys, life, and the best methods of kissing. With a dysfunctional family and a flawed self image, her world is turned upside down when London twins, Tom and Robbie, (played by Sean Bourke and Aaron Johnson) transfer to her school, causing a stir with her three best friends, Jas (Eleanor Tomlinson), Ellen (Manjeeven Grewal) and Rosie (Georgia Henshaw), otherwise known as the Ace Gang.

Georgia’s character is so lovable because she derives from the younger teenage generation, and demonstrates flaws and ambitions throughout that are real and identifiable to the audience. Her family situation, with her loved-up parents (played by Alan Davis and Karen Taylor), costume-obsessed younger sister (Eva Drew), and her deep affection for the family cat, Angus, reflects the background of many young girls, dealing with issues of popularity, crises of self confidence and uncertainties about loyalty and relationships.

Director Gurinder Chadha crafts the film into a wonderful British masterpiece, working with UK actors to target younger characters than typical Hollywood films, therefore creating a more realistic and identifiable film for younger audiences, and reminding older ones of their own adolescence. Despite the film tackling real issues and serious problems, it still remains light-hearted, with some emotional moments, and an uplifting ending which is surprisingly enjoyable, despite first impressions.

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging reflects teenage life in a comic environment, providing identifiable characters and hilarious situations that amuse and entertain audiences of all ages.

Kirsty Watkinson



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