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Nowhere Boy (2010)

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By: Christina Ienna

Nowhere Boy chronicles John Lennon’s (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) teenage years in the mundane town of Liverpool. Abandoned by his parents, John has lived with his Uncle George (David Threlfall) and Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) since he was a toddler. When his Uncle passes away, his home life becomes strained under the strict eye of his Aunt. John reconnects with his mother (Anne-Marie Duff), who introduces him to provocative rock’n'roll music, teaches him to play the banjo and lets him cut class to spend time with her. John soon gathers a band together where he meets Paul McCartney and takes the first steps towards the creation of The Beatles. 

In a different change of pace, this biopic focuses on Lennon’s reckless adolescence and family life instead of his soon-to-be iconic music. It brings an epic rockstar many of us have known our entire lives, down to a more relatable level. The young Aaron Taylor-Johnston gives a very angsty performance which feels a little over the top at times. Anne-Marie Duff does comes off too flirtatious for a newly formed mother-son relationship but Kristin Scott Thomas outshines them all with her steely demeanor.


Nowhere Boy is a 2009 British biopic about John Lennon’s adolescence, his relationships with his guardian aunt and his mother, the creation of his first band, The Quarrymen, and its evolution into The Beatles. Wikipedia

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