'Submarine' -- 3 1/2 stars

R; 1:37 running time Half the time I was laughing during the bracingly unsentimental coming-of-age comedy "Submarine," I wasn't even sure why. Writer-director Richard Ayoade's adaptation of the Joe Dunthorne debut novel isn't merely joke-funny. It's texture-funny, which is harder, considering the locale: starkly beautiful, gray-toned Swansea, Wales, onetime home of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dylan Thomas and, according to Dunthorne, an endless supply of sexual frustration. The unreliable 15-year-old narrator of "Submarine," Oliver Tate, has a way of muttering the never-ending ends of his sentences so that he seems to be chronically unsure of himself, yet he keeps pushing on, in a hilariously arrogant way. -- Michael PhillipsRead the full review
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