• A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)

A Room for Romeo Brass

Release Date: 1999

R |1 hr 27 min

Plot Summary

The humorous, harsh, and movingly human coming-of-age tale of two 12 year-old boys. Romeo Brass and Gavin "Knocks" Woolley, an unlikely pair of best friends: Romeo is husky and tough, while Knocks is an inquisitive kid with a bad back. Neighbors in a Midland housing estate, neither boy has an ideal home life: Romeo's father is angry and estranged, while Knocks can't communicate with his remote, couch-potato dad. The boys' shared sense of humor and high spirits bond and strengthen them.

Cast: Andrew Shim, Ben Marshall, Paddy Considine, Frank Harper, Julia Ford, James Higgins, Vicky McClure, Ladene Hall

Director: Shane Meadows

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Arts Council of England, October Films, Company Pictures, BBC, Alliance Atlantis Communications

Keywords: 1990s, Small town, Touching, Friendship, Father, Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Effortless in the way it insinuates itself into these families, touching in the way it shows how fiercely Romeo and Knocks are, despite everything, their own little men. show more

  • 85
    Kevin MaynardMr. Showbiz

    The most poignant (if hard-hitting) depiction of childhood to show up this year. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Offers an honest, understated and unsentimental look at a small incident in the course of a friendship - but it is the kind of incident that defines most childhoods. show more

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