Directed by Nick Grosso starring Matthew Rhys, Justin Sallinger, Matthew Dunster and Kelly Reilly
Based on Grosso's award winning play, 'Peaches' follows three Cockney lads through their summer of discovery in London. Frank (Rhys) is just out of college and resisting the trend to get a job. His friends Johnny (Justin Sallinger) and Pete (Dunster) provide back up in his denial of the adult world, spending their days discussing women, or 'peaches'.
When Frank's best friend from college, Cherry (Reilly), drunkenly admits to having a huge crush on him, he is thrown into a state of confusion, blurring the line between his true feelings for her and the laddish stories he weaves in front of his mates. As summer rolls on Frank feels increasingly torn between his boyish desires to avoid work and have a laugh and his more serious feelings towards Cherry. By autumn, a lot has changed for Frank - not least his outlook on life.
Grosso's adaptation relies heavily on Peaches' stage roots, but while the acting is for the most part up to the challenge (Reilly is far too emotionally rehearsed), the banter between the characters often seems forced and disjointed - the scenes where Frank creates his alternate version of events sometimes come across like stilted script rather than spontaneous thought. Ultimately, it's the humour that carries you through a predictable and rather familiar plot.
While the relaxed camera work occasionally betrays a low budget, overall the visual style is coherent, with the Cockney haunts translating nicely, despite the fact that much of the film was shot in Dublin. Grosso's London lives will appeal to a narrow spectrum of people in their mid-twenties, just missing the thirty-somethings and not quite catching those leaving their teens.