Like TV hit Skins – with which it bears more than a passing resemblance – Cherrybomb distills the modern youth experience into an orgy of drink, drugs and stupid decisions. Grint impresses, in his first post-Harry Potter role, as Malachy, whose attempts to beat best pal Luke (Misfits star Sheehan) to the heart – and bed – of temptress Michelle (Nixon) bring life-shattering consequences.
Despite his efforts, and the film’s attempts to shock, it’s pretty pedestrian stuff, and won’t hold much interest for anyone on the wrong side of 20. 2 stars
There’s a making of, plus interviews with Sheehan and Grint. 2 stars
This review was originally published in movieScope Issue 18
Stars Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan, Kimberley Nixon
Directors Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn
Format DVD & Blu-ray
Released August 23