The Pebble And The Boy: Review – John’s (Patrick McNamee) father has just died. There wasn’t much of a connection between John and his father, but he knew he loved music and he was a Mod for life. His dad had even left him his old Lambretta scooter, so despite their differences, there was still something to pass on to the next generation.
Then one day John meets Nicki (Sacha Parkinson) and her love of life and carefree spirit pulls John in another direction that he wasn’t expecting. Nicki is also a mod and has inherited the love of music and in particular Paul Weller and The Jam. That’s when John comes in for another surprise as he finds two tickets to see Paul Weller in concert, and he has a number of days to get there.
So, off John and Nicki go on their scooters and as John meets some of his father’s friends along the way he not only realises that he knew nothing about his father, but a dark secret about him has been hidden for years.
The Pebble and The Boy is a British feel-good film written and directed by Chris Green and serves as a love letter to the mod lifestyle and the music. Although thankfully it doesn’t try to replicate the success of Quadrophenia, it perhaps works as a spiritual successor where it brings the music to a new generation.
The story of Pebble and The Boy is pleasant to watch and has plenty of characters along the way that feel authentic and come close to how Mods were and who they became as they got older. In particular, Ricci Harnett’s portrayal of an aggressive, no-nonsense father may remind people of someone they know that fully embraces the the Mod lifestyle.
However, there is also a certain amount of predictability, although the film is watchable enough so that it doesn’t matter. Even with Nicki, the manic pixie dream girl, there’s just enough there to subvert the cliché and bring it back to reality.
The Pebble and The Boy may be best appreciated by those who want to feel the nostalgia of the days on Brighton beach where all that mattered was the music. However, there’s just enough there for people who weren’t and just want to watch a good story.
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