Ever been at a celebration and acquired the sensation that no person needs you there? Mirrored on a previous dialog and realised you got here throughout as a bit of an arsehole? Seemed on the individuals round you and questioned why you hang around with them? Then, boy, is All My Mates Hate Me the movie for you.
That is the cinematic embodiment of social anxiousness. After a hilariously positioned, horror-film-style title card, a protracted drive and several other unusual run-ins with locals, self-identifying good man Pete (Tom Stourton, additionally on co-writing and producing obligation) arrives at an enormous home within the nation for birthday shenanigans with a gaggle of uni friends he hasn’t seen in years. There’s George (Joshua McGuire), whose father owns the mansion they’re in; his spouse Fig (Georgina Campbell); posh get together boy Archie (Graham Dickson); outdated flame Claire (Antonia Clarke); and Harry (Dustin Demri-Burns), a whole stranger the gang introduced again from the pub who immediately makes Pete really feel uncomfortable.
Because the weekend ticks on, Pete has an more and more horrible time. The gang poke enjoyable at him, shoot down his tales, put him in awkward conditions and blame him for not having fun with them, and tensions from political and sophistication variations come up. The genius of Stourton and co-writer Tom Palmer’s script is that with every excruciating factor Pete experiences, you’re simply as not sure as he’s whether or not he or his associates are the dangerous guys. For each occasion the place they appear imply or standoffish, Pete drones on incessantly about his worthy work at a refugee camp, and also you begin to suppose that perhaps they do hate him, really, as a result of so do you, just a bit.
Stourton is the standout, completely mixing the restlessness of tension with laddish showiness and a sort of enlightened elitism.
Predominantly a comedy, the humour comes thick and quick, however parts of horror, drama and suspense are expertly scattered all through, delivered with most affect. The supporting ensemble is powerful, every insufferable and sympathetic in their very own approach regardless of being fairly thinly drawn — and Charly Clive actually modifications the sport as Pete’s girlfriend Sonia when she makes it to the get together late on, creating a way of security for Pete while remaining suitably unreadable. However Stourton is the standout, completely mixing the restlessness of tension with laddish showiness and a sort of enlightened elitism, all while being utterly compelling because the vessel for the viewers’s unease.
In addition to impeccably capturing how terrible it might be to really feel like an outcast at your personal birthday celebration, All My Mates Hate Me faucets into greater themes about how difficult it’s to take care of relationships as you grow old: feeling you’ve outgrown your friendships, making an attempt and failing to recapture the great outdated days, reconciling who you have been in your youth with who you are actually. Impressively lean in its storytelling, it manages to wrap completely relatable millennial neuroticism, laugh-out-loud awkwardness and a novel character examine right into a slick, brilliantly British, genre-infused package deal.