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Adult Life Skills

Adult Life Skills

There's no badge for growing upJun. 24, 2016 UK96 Min.
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8.8 1,662 votes

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Anna is stuck: she’s approaching 30 and has just moved back to her rural home-town, and into a shed in her mother’s backyard. She spends her time working a menial job at a local boating center and hides in the depths of her imagination, making movies with her thumbs. Irritated by her childish behavior, Anna’s mother insists that she move out of her shed and on with her life. When a troubled young boy starts hanging around, the two form an unlikely bond. Through their strange yet mutually beneficial friendship, Anna slowly begins to confront her perpetual state of arrested development.

Adult Life Skills
Adult Life Skills
Adult Life Skills
Adult Life Skills
Original titleAdult Life Skills
IMDb Rating6.1 1,097 votes
TMDb Rating6.2 12 votes

(4) comments

  • Ironically UnimpressedMarch 6, 2017Reply


    Started off kinda meekly, I was quickly losing interest when I thought
    I was about to waste my time on yet another childish portrayal of a
    delayed adulthood, shoulders stubbornly stuck in the vaginal walls of a
    happier past, a past that made sense — whereas renting an apartment,
    paying bills etc, obviously doesn’t.

    Well. I was wrong. Boy, was I wrong. Wruh-uh-ong. This is a great
    little movie — funny, lighthearted, and still, the dramatic elements
    are so strong and wonderfully structured, proving entirely capable of
    planting a lump in your throat the size of a goddamned walnut.

    Nothing more to say. Watch this. It’s good.

  • Michal ([email protected])March 7, 2017Reply

    A lovely little gem

    First of all I am not a native speaker.

    Well. I must say I have fallen in love with this movie. It’s one of
    those beautifully crafted little gems that have heart and depth and
    just make you smile and also cry a little bit. Sure, there are other
    (more ambitious) movies out there tackling the same theme – going
    through life, losing and finding and coping and surviving and not being
    alone – but I just love the simplicity and kind of raw honesty of this

    Anyway, to sum it up – characters are quirky and lovable, dialogues
    smart and funny and I can only recommend this movie if you are in a
    mood for something slow yet uplifting.

  • Anne WallApril 24, 2017Reply

    One should get a badge for mastering adult life skills.

    Hannah, after losing her twin brother 18 months ago, has moved into her
    mother’s shed and has stubbornly refused to move on. She and her
    brother were very creative together and she continues her creative
    efforts by making videos of thumb puppets traveling in space which
    earns her constant criticism from her mother, who has taken a tough
    love approach to forcing Hannah to move on by forcing her to vacate the
    shed by her 30th birthday.

    Hannah’s mother, grandmother, suitor, and girlfriend are all
    delightfully quirky. If you like quirky, this movie is for you. These
    characters are not one dimensional, but all have strengths and flaws
    that are shown to us by a very gifted writer/director.

    One explosion, no car chases, and no gratuitous violence make this a
    movie that does not waste ones time with formulaic nonsense for the
    brain dead. Instead it illustrates through actions the panic and
    struggle of letting go a loss so great that one thinks her life will
    never be the same, that it’s impossible to move on. And the film
    illustrates the jolts of losing the precious things, one at a time,
    that keep her isolated and bound to her dead twin.

    Yet there is nothing morbid or overly dramatic in this presentation.
    The film is full of humor. Hannah must look after a young boy whose
    mother is dying, knowing what he will face. Yet he’s a young cowboy and
    his own quirkiness mirrors Hannah’s, as does his journey. Hannah is
    pursued awkwardly by Brandon, a somewhat shy individual who manages to
    approach her at the worst times, like when she’s peeing behind a boat.
    And her dead twin appears to her in snorkeling gear which may be a clue
    to his death, or just his sense of humor.

    There’s not a surprise ending to spoil. This movie is about the journey
    and not the outcome and like all good films, it’s made up of moments
    which are captivating to watch and feel as well as some good laughs
    along the way. I highly recommend it.

  • Un ZievereirMay 20, 2017Reply

    ”What’s the answer? There isn’t one.”

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

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