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How will ‘Submarine’ play?

How will 'Submarine' play?

At the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, there was no discovery as buzzy as Richard Ayoade’s Submarine. The film is a stylish and funny portrait of a young boy growing up fast in a small Welsh town. It owes a debt to Wes Anderson and Hal Ashby, yet Submarine remains a worthy film to catch when it opens this month in arthouses. How will it play, though, to a non-festival audience? People like me who attend festivals like Toronto, arrive hungry for enjoyable debut features like Submarine. We drool over films like Submarine, because it’s so rare to find a new comic voice at most film festivals. To a typical Saturday evening cinema crowd, however, maybe it won’t feel as fresh. At the very least, it should lock itself into the canon of cult UK comedies. Here’s the U.S. trailer:

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