Rent Sweet Sixteen (2002)

3.7 of 5 from 124 ratings
1h 42min
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Set in the estates of Greenock in Scotland, Liam (an astounding performance by new-comer Martin Compston) dreams of the family life he never had. With his mum to be released from prison in time for his 16th birthday, Liam is determined that things will be different. And that means creating a safe haven beyond the reach of wasters like his mum's boyfriend Stan and his own mean-spirited daughter. But first he's got to raise cash - no mean feat for a skint teenager. It's not long before Liam and his pals' crazy schemes lead them into all sorts of trouble. Finding himself dangerously out of his depth, Liam knows he should walk away. Only this time, he just can't let go.
, Michelle Coulter, Annmarie Fulton, , Michelle Abercromby, , , Calum McAlees, Robert Rennie, , , , Rikki Traynor, , , , , Mark Dallas, Stephen McGivern,
Paul Laverty
Paul Laverty
British Films, Drama

2002 Cannes Best Screen Play

Release Date:
Run Time:
102 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
  • U.K. exclusive audio commentary from director Ken Loach
  • 'Sweet Success' BBC documentary (30 mins)
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Reviews (2) of Sweet Sixteen

Kes of the Abso Generation - Sweet Sixteen review by CP Customer

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30 years after Ken Loach's defining film 'Kes' was made he's outdone himself with one of the most gripping dramas I've seen in a while.

The film follows Liam, played by the terrific Martin Compston as he tries to raise money for his mothers impending release.

Obviously things don't go well and is left a different character by the end of the story.

Ultimately it's about consequences of desperate actions, and is handling so well by Loach that it packs a real emotional punch. Highly recommended!

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Scottish movie - Sweet Sixteen review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert

This is shot on location in Greenock/Scotland and Ken Loach auditioned a newcomer for the lead role - impressive debut for him. This contains "very strong language" so much to the annoyance of the director and producer it got an 18 cert - it does seem that this is how (some)teenagers speak, but it cannot be watched by them, so it's understandable they don't agree with the BBFC.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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