Rent Benjamin (2018)

2.9 of 5 from 148 ratings
1h 22min
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Synopsis:
Adding the finishing touches to his difficult second feature, rising star Benjamin (Colin Morgan) has been too long in the edit. Filled with self-doubt, he wastes his nights watching meditation videos on YouTube with tubs of ice cream and a cat for company. With the film's premiere at the London Film Festival looming, encouraged by his best friend Stephen (Joel Fry) and deranged publicist Billie (Jessica Raine), Benjamin is introduced to a mesmeric French singer called Noah (Phenix Brossard). As they brave the boundless obstacles of Benjamin's anxious mind, the pair slowly allow themselves, and each other, to love.
With original music from James Bighton and nuanced performances from its young cast, Simon Amstell's debut feature is a bittersweet comedy about feeding isolated and struggling for connection.
Actors:
, , , , Robin Peters, , , , , , , Naomi Soneye-Thomas, , Silas Wyatt-Barke, , , , , , Simon Mayo
Directors:
Producers:
Alexandra Breede, Dominic Dromgoole, Louise Simpson
Writers:
Simon Amstell
Studio:
Verve Pictures
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Romance
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/08/2019
Run Time:
82 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (9) of Benjamin

Genre - Comedy, No Way - Benjamin review by AA

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31/10/2019

one of the dullest, most boring film, I have had to watch in years, a complete waste of a rental.  After about the first 15 minutes I was finding it very hard to stay focused to what I was supposed to be watching, was so lamentable!

2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Comedy ! Really?? - Benjamin review by CY

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07/11/2019

Very dull. Wasted half an hour waiting for a laugh then gave up and watched an episode of World on fire, a laugh a minute by comparison.

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Truly dreadful unfunny, twee, gay fantasy romance - Benjamin review by PV

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24/02/2020

I have to agree with all the poor reviews - this is an awful, amateurish film. It's as bad as the end of year art shows it parodies - that was the only bit of this where I even smiled. It's just over an hour yet feels so much longer because it is so very dull.

I assume it was made coz Simon Amstell has some rich and famous film industry mates. Just shows what a mistake cronyism can be then.

I like Simon Amstell as a presenter and also GRANDMA'S HOUSE a BBC2 sitcom.

I suspect this whole idea, a rather limp and twee gay fantasy, may have worked better as a gentle BBC2 late night sitcom.

I suppose some young gay guys coming out may relate to it. No-one else will. And even for them, no-one gets naked much.

The lead actor is a mumbleton who does not seem to be acting.

Truly awful, and so trendy it's disappeared up its own Hoxton hole somewhere in its body...

For a decent gay romance watch ANOTHER COUNTRY maybe or BEAUTIFUL THING. Not this.

1.5 stars rounded up to 2, solely on account of the music and half-decent French boy performer who is clearly posh Paris stock with a first name like Phoenix.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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