An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly retarded man living with his parents and brother in a housing project. He and his sarcastic manipulative brother still behave like teenagers, living with their parents, harassing each other. The problem is that they are in their late teens or twenties. Neighborhood characters include Hayley, a young woman with a crush on Colin, and Coxy (Gary Oldman) a violent local skinhead who befriends Colin. Trouble ensues when their wealthy aunt gives Colin a job and his brother becomes jealous.
Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Phil Daniels and Alfred Molina star in this classic Mike Leigh film that deals with the welfare state and how it affects the underclass - gritty drama is how I'd describe this class film
"I'm not a Muppet."
Leigh's still honing his feature talents here (pre-1980s, his best stuff was his BBC work) and some of the plotting is clunky, but smart dialogue shines through
Being born and raised in England, I can see a lot of myself in many of the characters portrayed here. Regardless of the fact that this was made over 25 years ago, it is undoubtedly still as relevant today as it was back then. Mike Leigh manages to fuse reality with fiction in an incredibly special way as I'm sure many of the actors in the film were subjected to a lot of the tribulations their characters go through in their own personal lives before entering the cinematic world.