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Release Date: October 8th, 2010

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2011

R|1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
A rebellious teenager, future Beatle John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) lives with his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) in working-class Liverpool, England. Mimi's husband suddenly dies, and John spies his mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), at the funeral. Despite Mimi's misgivings, John intends to have a real relationship with his mother. Julia introduces him to popular music and the banjo and, though a family conflict looms, young Lennon is inspired to form his own band.

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, David Threlfall, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, David Morrissey, Sam Bell, Ophelia Lovibond

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Genres: Biography, Drama, Docudrama

Distributors: Weinstein Co.

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The script, adapted by Matt Greenhalgh from a memoir by Lennon's half-sister, Julia Baird, is flagrantly Oedipal; almost every scene between John and his mother is sexually charged. The curse is taken off most of these encounters by Anne-Marie Duff's eloquent work in the mother's role. show more

  • Strong performances by Kristin Scott Thomas as the stern Aunt Mimi, who raised the future Beatle from the age of 5, and Anne-Marie Duff as his troubled mother heighten the dramatic appeal of what otherwise is quite a dull film. show more

  • Taylor-Wood stresses the universals rather than the specifics of John's youth. So don't go expecting a Fab Four origin story. The word Beatles is never uttered. But do go. show more

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