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Set during the swinging disco era in decidedly unswinging Sheffield, England, this oddball comedy is both a coming-of-age story about getting funky and a supernatural mystery. Vince (Michael Legge) is a Travolta-obsessed teenager who lives with his aspiring magician brother; his randy mom, who has a taste for young men; and his laid-back father Harold (Tom Courtenay). Vince longs for the young, vivacious Joanna Robinson (Laura Fraser), as Harold wows his family with his unnervingly accurate mind reading tricks. Later, when he makes headlines for inadvertently stopping the pacemakers of a couple of oldsters, Harold learns that he actually does have a telekinetic brain. That doesn't stop him from getting arrested, however, and soon Vince and Joanna's snotty boss (David Thewlis) is representing him in court. Meanwhile, Vince has been unable to summon the courage to ask out Joanna. While walking home one day, he is taken by a sexy young punkette who turns out to be none other than Joanna. Vince promptly dumps his disco stuff and buys a Sex Pistols album. Pete Hewitt, whose previous efforts include Pete Hewitt, directed this film. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:June 8, 2001


Tom Courtenay
as Harold Smith
Stephen Fry
as Dr. Peter Robinson
Michael Legge
as Vince Smith
Laura Fraser
as Joanna Robinson
as Irene Smith
David Thewlis
as Nesbit
Rosemary Leach
as Harold's mother
Amanda Root
as Margaret Robinson
Matthew Rhys
as Ray Smith
James Corden
as Walter
Charlie Hunnam
as Daz
Charlotte Roberts
as Lucy Roberts


Peter Hewitt
Ruth Jackson
David Brown
Ben Steiner
David Tattersall
Rupert Gregson-Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Matt Biffa
Musical Direction/Supervision
Maggie Rodford
Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin Walsh
Gemma Jackson
Production Designer
David Warren
Art Director
Guy East
Executive Producer
Nigel Sinclair
Executive Producer
Marie France
Costume Designer
John Midgley
Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Rowley
Special Effects
Mary Soan
First Assistant Director
Litza Bixler
Nina Gold