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Smartly-scripted, handsomely-directed slacker comedy

It’s all too rare in modern British cinema, a film that doesn’t attempt to rip- off previous box office hits. Late Night Shopping is neither gangster film, period drama nor working class comedy. Instead, debuting feature filmmakers director Saul Metzstein and writer Jack Lothian have made the kind of film they’d like to see. Thank fuck.

It’s a romantic comedy filmed largely in Glasgow, though set in what could be any large city, about four slackers wasting their lives working night shifts in various menial jobs. They have a good, amusing moan about how modern life is rubbish, but of the quartet hospital porter Sean (Luke de Woolfsoon) has most reason to. His girlfriend Madeline (German superstarlet Heike Makatsch) works days so Sean never sees her. He’s unsure if they’re even still living together, which leads him to examine the soap and other bathroom products in their flat. His late night companions have their own crisis: Lenny (Enzo Cilenti) can’t handle women, Vincent (James Lance) can’t stop himself handling them, while Jody (Kate Ashfield) can’t even get a handle on platonic friendship.

Lothian has drawn on his own all-night shelf stacking experiences, turning out a script as wordy and witty as anything a filmmaker like Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) has delivered. What Lothian has over Smith, who’s good with a pen but awful with a camera, is Metzstein who brings to his creative partner’s script a fine sense of pacing and handsome gloss finish courtesy of ace cinematographer Brian Tufano (Trainspotting, East Is East). Long live Brit cinema. (Miles Fielder)

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