Synopsis: Precocious Oliver struggles with being popular in school but when a dark-haired beauty takes interest in him, he's determined to become the best boyfriend in the world. Meanwhile, his parents' already rocky relationship is threatened when his mother's ex-boyfriend moves in next door. Oliver makes some unorthodox plans to ensure that his parents stay together and that Jordana still likes him.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Richard Ayoade
Production: The Weinstein Company
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

Most people think of

themselves as individuals,

that there's no-one on the planet like them.

This thought motivates them

to get out of bed,

eat food, and walk around

like nothing's wrong.

My name is Oliver Tate.

Stuck On The Puzzle

# I'm not the kind of fool

who's gonna sit and sing to you

# About stars, girl

# But last night I looked up

# Into the dark half of the blue

# And they'd gone backwards

"What kind of young person am I?"

That's the challenge.

We talk about challenges.

Well, that's the challenge

I'm giving you this term.

A gauntlet, so to speak.

But this gauntlet is also an opportunity.

An opportunity for self-discovery.

What do I mean by "self-discovery"?

Mark Pritchard?

Having a wank, sir?

Discovery of the self.

Who am I?

I find that the only way to get through life,

is to picture myself

in an entirely disconnected reality.

I often imagine

how people would react to my death.

Mr Dunthorne's quavering voice

as he makes the announcement.

The shocked faces of my classmates.

A playground bedecked with flowers.

The empty stillness of a school corridor.

Local news analysis.

Oliver Tate was a popular

and much-loved pupil.

Many of the people I've spoken to here

referred to him as an example.

He was so funny and so smart...

He's gonna be really missed.

It's so bad. He's so young.

Tear-streaked tributes.

I just wanted to hug him. I just wish I had.

I wish I could have said goodbye,

but I never said anything to him.

The steady stoicism of my parents.

All the girls liked him.

Other boys respected him,

looked up to him, I guess.

Candlelit vigils.

We are witnessing incredible,

unprecedented scenes of quiet devotion.

Behind me a vigil that's been repeated

all over the country.

A testimony to the love felt for Oliver Tate

and the loss felt by his friends...

and, frankly, by Wales on the whole.

And, finally, my glorious resurrection.

Don't ask how. Just know

that I'm now more powerful than ever.

Let's get off.


Zoe, this is for you. It's yours.

It has your name on it. Take it.

- It's not mine.

- Please take it.

That note seems fascinating, Oliver Tate.

You know the rules. Stand up and read it out.

I can't. It's Zoe's.

She gave it to me and I was gonna...

Saved by the bell once again, Mr Tate.

All right, take your time.

I know you're all gagging

to get to double Biology but don't rush.

Jordana Bevan's only real flaws

are her sporadic bouts of eczema.

Other than that, she has many qualities.

She never speaks about herself.

She could be anything.

Perhaps she's a Fabian.

That would make her a socialist

who advocates gradual change.

She's moderately unpopular, which makes

a romance between us more likely.

She's also a girl - to be seen with her

would improve my street cred,

which, though high, could be higher.

Lastly, she's now single,

cos Mark Pritchard cheated on her

with Abby Smuts at the school disco.

The full extent of the betrayal

is still the subject of speculation.

Chips knows there's

nothing more attractive than a bully.

He also knows that Zoe Preece

is a legitimate target

because she's overweight

and won't accept notes in class.

Essentially, I disapprove of bullying.

Jordana seems to enjoy it in moderation.

I must not let my principles

stand in the way of progress.

I must be willing to adapt.

Keep up, Tubs!

This was the correct decision.

Give it back now!

This was a vivid memory of youth that I

would cherish when I was old and frail.


Catch. Straight into the hands.

We were working as a team,

testing each other's limits,

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Richard Ayoade

Richard Ellef Ayoade (, born 12 June 1977) is a British actor, comedian, writer, director and television presenter. He is best known for his role as the socially awkward IT technician Maurice Moss in Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd (2006–2013), for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance. He has often worked alongside Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness and Rich Fulcher. Born in Hammersmith, Ayoade served as the president of Footlights at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Ayoade and Matthew Holness debuted their respective characters Dean Learner and Garth Marenghi at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000, bringing the characters to television with Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004) and Man to Man with Dean Learner (2006). Ayoade appeared in the comedy shows The Mighty Boosh (2004–2007) and Nathan Barley (2007), before gaining exposure and recognition for his role in The IT Crowd. After directing music videos for Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kasabian, Ayoade wrote and directed the comedy-drama film Submarine in 2010. He co-starred in the American science fiction comedy film The Watch in 2012 and his second film, the black comedy The Double, premiered in 2013. Ayoade has frequently appeared on panel shows, mostly prominently on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and served as a team captain on Was It Something I Said? in 2013. Ayoade presents the factual shows Gadget Man (2013–2015), its spin-off Travel Man (2015–present) and the 2017 revival of The Crystal Maze. Ayoade has provided his voice to a number of animated projects, including the films The Boxtrolls (2014) and Early Man (2018), and the television shows Strange Hill High (2013–2014) and Apple & Onion (2018–present). Ayoade has written two comedic books centring around film, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey (2014) and The Grip of Film (2017). more…

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