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Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging

Angus, Thongs And Perfect SnoggingAngus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging
  may seem rather an odd title, but
  this teen flick is a funny and highly
  enjoyable film about teenage angst
  and suffering the consequences
  of jealous scheming

A BRITISH COMEDY HIT THAT DELIVERS all it promises and more — that's the improbably-titled film, Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging. A teen flick that is sharply directed by Gurinder Chadha, the director behind the smash hit Brit flicks Bend It Like Beckham and Bride And Prejudice, this funny and entertaining offering is a coming-of-age tale based on the acclaimed best-selling books Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging and It's Okay, I'm wearing Really Big Knickers by Louise Rennison.

Fourteen-year-old Georgia Nicolson (Georgia Groome) is eccentric but loveable and has enough to contend with without suffering her raging teenage hormones. The film is about the trials and tribulations of growing up — including Georgia's embarrassing moments in the opening sequences when she turns up at a fancy dress party as a stuffed olive.

First there's her annoying three-year-old sister Libby, who keeps dressing Georgia's barmy cat Angus (played by Benny and Jimmy) in ridiculous clothes. And is Angus really part Scottish wildcat?

Then poor Georgia has to endure her over-concerned parents Bob (Alan Davis: Jonathan Creek) and Connie (Karen Taylor: Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor) who don't seem to understand her — "I'm a woman," declares Georgia, "I wear a bra!" — the bullying Bummer Twins (Emma and Natasha Tierney) and the everyday ups and downs of being a teenaged girl in a world that's as mental as she is!

Georgia is really turned off by her parents' frequent kissing, believing that people over the age of 30 are old and that "mums are beyond bonkerdom".

And then there's boys! A couple of lads "beyond the valley of the gorgeous", Robbie (Aaron Johnson) and Tom (Sean Bourke), have moved to Eastbourne from London and Georgia and Jas (Eleanor Tomlinson) are smitten. Eastbourne, says Georgia, is "God's waiting room". "I've heard it's the new Brighton," says Robbie.

Supported by her best friends Jas, Ellen (Manjeevan Grewal) and Rosie (Georgia Henshaw) — aka The Ace Gang — Georgia climbs the snogging scale by taking lessons with Peter Dyer (Liam Hess) in order to become the mature, sophisticated girlfriend that Robbie deserves. But she hasn't reckoned on two things: one, Peter becomes obsessed with her and two, Robbie is continuing to see "slag of the century" Lindsay (Kimberley Nixon) from the year above, the queen of thongs and padded bras.

All that, and Georgia's also trying to throw the greatest fifteenth birthday party ever, in a proper club, with a DJ, and without the hindrance of her parents. How is she going to cope?

Throw in fake tan disasters, Georgia and Peter being caught in an embarrassingly compromising position by Lindsay and Robbie — "banished into the valley of humiliation" — and Georgia's father being whisked away to work in New Zealand. Meanwhile, her mother has started wearing thongs and appears to have fallen under the spell of hunky painter and decorator Jem (T4 favourite Steve Jones), who is now her new Salsa partner... and you have the perfect setting for this teen comedy.

Having tried to put Peter off by telling him that she's a lesbian, Georgia sparks off the rumours but still manages to snare the lovely Dave 'The Laugh' (Tommy Bastow) to take her to a gig where Robbie's band — The Stiff Dylans — is playing, in an attempt to make Robbie jealous. Then Lindsay moves her party to the same night as Georgia's and everyone seems to be angry with Georgia and everything starts to go horribly wrong.

So, will Georgia be forced to join her father in New Zealand? Will anyone turn up for her party and will she get her man? There are certainly a few surprises in store for Georgia — and look who's wearing the Angus T-shirt! Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging is a feel-good teen film in the style of Bridget Jones' Diary, with plenty of comedy moments and a warning about the rashness of playing games with people's emotions.

With a well chosen cast that also includes Heather Wright as The Receptionist, Angus Thongs And Perfect Snogging has a screenplay by Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi; Music is by Joby Talbot; and Director of Photography is Richard Pope.

Paramount Home Entertainment presents the DVD release of the most teen-savvy British comedy this year, Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging — available from 8 December (2008) and sure to be at the top of every teenager's Christmas list this year. Adults looking for some lightweight comedy will also find it fun.

Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging is released on 8 December (2008) at an RRP of 15.99. Certificate 12 | Running Time: Approx 100 minutes.

Special Features

Commentary with Gurinder and the Ace Gang Girls: Double Cool With Knobs On; Looking After Angus; First Kisses; Working With Gurinder; Thongs, Bras, Lippie and Other Life-Saving Essentials; Getting The Angus Look; Step Inside the Nicolson Household; First Night Nerves

Angus Video Diaries: Marry, Kiss, Ditch; Angus Cam; The Snogging Scale; In Love With Steve Jones; Georgia & Robbie; Good Times | 9 Deleted Scenes: Say Hello To The New Georgia; No Shame; Cool Mum; Next Appointment; Georgia On Phone To Jas; Never Ever Get A Boyfriend; Extended Peter Call; Lindsay Arriving At Swimming Pool; Spying At Salsa

Bloopers | Gallery | Stiff Dylans Music Video Ultraviolet.

"Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging is a feel-good teen film in the style of Bridget Jones' Diary, with plenty of comedy moments and a warning about the rashness of playing games with people's emotions" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar