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16 Years of Alcohol

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United Kingdom · 2003
Rated R · 1h 42m
Director Richard Jobson
Starring Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Susan Lynch, Stuart Sinclair Blyth
Genre Crime, Drama

Based on the novel of the same name, 16 Years of Alcohol is a semi-autobiographical story of a skinhead named Frankie, his violent childhood, alcoholism, and his love for Ska. Beginning with Frankie being beaten by a group of men, the rest of his story plays out in flashbacks bringing him to the present moment.

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Village Voice by Dennis Lim

16 Years' greatest asset may be its star: Trainspotting's McKidd, coiled and queasy, transcends the dubious romanticism and hard-man clichés of his role -- he exudes a commanding air of constancy in a film that teeters between the rapturous and the ridiculous.


Variety by Derek Elley

The highly directed film adopts a semi-impressionistic approach more European than British in flavor, aided by a terrific central performance by Kevin McKidd and painterly lensing by John Rhodes.


New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

But the film has a poetic pulse, its ups and downs accompanied by some smartly chosen pop songs, a seductive original score and McKidd's husky voice-over narration.


New York Post by Lou Lumenick

Despite reams of maudlin narration, McKidd's powerful performance as a conflicted man makes this beautifully shot low-budget feature worth checking out.

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