15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life
Submarine is one of those movies that’s a little hard to classify except to say you really should see it, you’ll really like it a lot. The story is that a 15-year-old who’s very smart — one of those kids that in theory only occurs in the movies, that he’s kind of an outcast but really smart — maybe they appear in life. And he’s worried that his parents are about to get a divorce, because his mom, who’s played by Sally Hawkins in a role that actually fits her very well, is having an affair with a weird next door neighbor who sees people’s auras. And he’s just found a new girlfriend who really needs him emotionally because her mother is going through surgery. And he has to choose between his parents — who to save, his parents or his girlfriend. And that theme comes up over and over again during the movie, if you only had one person to save. And there’s some very cool answers in it. So it’s worth seeing the movie just to understand the answers to those questions, the age old question that’s always being asked of who would you save. This is a really delightful movie. It’s well acted, it’s smart, it’s funny, and you’ll like the characters a lot. Four stars.