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      Common People

      2013 1h 29m Comedy Drama List
      56% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 95% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A parakeet escapes its cage and overhears people's passions, anxieties and aspirations in a London park. Read More Read Less

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      Adam Woodward Little White Lies A stroll in the park becomes a terrible, annoying bore in this self-consciously quirky Brit comedy-drama. Rated: 1/5 Jun 12, 2014 Full Review Dave Calhoun Time Out Feels more like a community am-dram project than anything to be taken too seriously. Rated: 2/5 Jun 10, 2014 Full Review David Parkinson Empire Magazine A folksy but charming celebration of communal life. Rated: 3/5 Jun 8, 2014 Full Review Chris Hunneysett The Sunday People a celebration of England's green and pleasant public places Rated: 3/5 Jun 7, 2019 Full Review Freda Cooper Freda Cooper's Talking Pictures I love it when a film creates a momentum all of its own. Rated: 3.5/5 Jun 3, 2019 Full Review Stefan Pape HeyUGuys It may be exceedingly predictable, mawkish and unbearably earnest - but what can't be disputed, is that its heart is certainly in the right place. Rated: 2/5 Jun 10, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member What a great film. I saw it on Tuesday and loved it. It is a film that is so true to today and the issues that affect most of us at some point. Well worth seeing with an open mind a good heart. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member The storylines concern a silent homeless man, a heavily pregnant lady, an elderly couple, a scout troupe, a widower and his young daughter and a group of friends who use the common as a meeting place. But their paths cross and intertwine, weaving a colourful and, at times, emotional tapestry. And there are other characters on the fringes, some who are merely spectators and others who come to play a real part in one of the stories. With the exception of Sam Kelly, the cast is made up of unknown faces, strengthening the film's feeling of reality and the credibility of the performances. There's no previous incarnations to distract the audiences and, while all the cast deliver, Kelly and his on-screen wife, Diana Payan, are pitch perfect as they mix tenderness and pathos. To see romance still in full bloom in later life is delightfully refreshing. There's no connection between Common People and Britpop band, Pulp, whose documentary I reviewed a few days ago. It's just a gentle pun in a film that provides genuinely laugh-out-loud moments and others that need tissues. It may have been made on a small budget, but it's big on heart and more than deserves the audience that will hopefully come with this week's wider release. For the full review, go to The Coops Review, Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member A surprising and charming film which was my first experience watching something that wasn't a big budget Hollywood production. Once I'd adjusted to the different style and "raw" quality I found myself really enjoying these differences and was moved to laugh out loud and cry my eyes out. Common People captures the essence of London and its many commons beautifully and although some of the stories have endings that push the boundaries of plausibility, they are the endings I would have wanted to write myself! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Charming, funny, sad and humane this gorgeous independent film starts and ends with a flighty parrot. I defy you not to get thoroughly involved in the Common's regular visitors whose stories come together in the most engaging hour and a half I've spent in the cinema in ages. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Cinematic equivalent to am-dram. Does that make it cam-dram? Shaky plot, wooden acting, poor script but hey, it's local so you may spot your neighbour in the background. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Although it is fun to see a film made in our locality, the real pleasure of the film was the skilful interweaving of stories of ordinary, but exceptional, people who were using the Common. All of these stories stirred the emotions, were thought provoking, and were told in a concise and uplifting manner. The film was made on Tooting Common but the characters could be found around the world in any public green space - so the title Common People has a double meaning, and strikes a universal chord. We owe it to such talented ( and local ) film makers to offer whatever support we can to spread the word and give the film the audience it deserves. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A parakeet escapes its cage and overhears people's passions, anxieties and aspirations in a London park.
      Stewart Alexander, Kerry Skinner
      Darin McLeod
      Stewart Alexander
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 25, 2017
      1h 29m