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Rated R · 97 minutes · 2009

Biography, Docudrama, Drama
Any true Beatles fan knows that John Lennon wrote “Julia” and, well, “Mother” for his mother … Julia. In this directorial debut from Sam Taylor-Wood, Aaron Johnson plays Lennon, pre-Fab Four, reuniting with his mother (Anne-Marie Duff) after years of living with his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas). Johnson proves to be perfect casting, capturing the essence of Lennon without doing a straight impersonation. Thomas is equally good as Mimi, a good influence in Lennon’s young life, even if she is sometimes overly strict. The film’s major revelation is Duff, who steals every one of her scenes. Her characterization contains the kind of quirks one would expect to see in the mother of John Lennon. The film leaves off right before Beatlemania sets in; I, for one, would love to see this crew tackle the next chapter in Lennon’s life.
Official Site: www.nowhereboy.com
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
Producer: Robert Bernstein, Kevin Loader, Douglas Rae, Jon Diamond, Christopher Moll, Mark Woolley, Tessa Ross and Tim Haslam
Cast: Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, David Threlfall, Thomas Sangster, David Morrissey, Sam Bell, Ophelia Lovibond, Jack McElhone, Josh Bolt, James Johnson, Alex Ambrose, Angelica Jopling and Abby Greenhalgh

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Creative Loafing Atlanta Nowhere Boy gets back to where John Lennon once belonged Kristin Scott Thomas carries Sam Taylor-Wood's feature film debut by Curt Holman 10/15/2010
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