There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble (2000)

JOHN HAY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.

United Kingdom/France2000.  Impact Film & TV, Arts Council of England, Canal+, Impact Pictures, Pathé Pictures International, Sarah Radclyffe Productions Limited.  Story by , Screenplay by Simon Mayle, John Hay, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The lovely  gives a standout performance as the single mother to young Jimmy Grimble, who wishes to overcome his adolescent angst by being a soccer star. Naturally, there are bullies. Naturally, he overcomes them.  Along the way you as an audience member are treated to some very warm characterizations, genuine performances, a lovely subplot involving a house-squatting bag lady and a memorable musical score. Not as ‘big’ a film as Billy Elliot, but not to be pushed to the back of the row either, Jimmy Grimble is good for the whole family to enjoy.

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