Gregory’s Girl (1981)

Bill Forsyth directs John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn and Clare Grogan in this Scottish teen romantic comedy where a quirky boy falls for the girl who takes his position on the school football team.

I know it is sacrilege to be a resident of Scotland and feel ambivalent to this cherished film. This is third time in my life I’ve put it on, and only the first time I’ve made it to the end. It clogs up the late night telly schedule like a monocultural punctuation mark. The mixture of amateur acting and mannered precociousness does little for me. Gregory’s Girl’s heart is in the right place, there are little splodges of magical realism, anti-Thatcherite poetry. For me though it is only notable for being the acting breakout of Altered Images and Red Dwarf’s Clare Grogan… and I do realise how age specific that niche is…

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