Film: Rita, Sue and Bob too 18 rating Year: 1987
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Country: UK Genre: Comedy
Director: Alan Clarke
Starring: Michelle Holmes, Siobhan Finneran, George Costigan, Lesley Sharp, Willie Ross

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Rita, Sue and Bob too Synopsis - Rita, Sue and Bob too is set in Yorkshire and centres around the characters of best mates Rita and Sue, who both live on the same "rough" council house estate. Both are in their final year at school and to earn extra money they baby sit for a couple (Bob and Michelle) from the "posh" new housing estate. Bob is unhappy with his wife and constantly argues with her and bemoans their dreary and, one assumes now sexless, marriage. One night when he is supposed to be giving them a lift home after babysitting, he takes them to a secluded spot for sex. Both Rita and Sue continue an affair with Bob until one night one of his neighbours spots the three of them out at a club and tells Bobs wife. Michelle confronts him about the affair and leaves him. The situation takes a further turn for the worse when Sue finds out that Rita has been seeing him behind her back, and also that she intends to move in with him. Will Rita and Sue be able to still be friends? or will Rita have to decide between her friendship with Sue and her relationship with Bob?

Review of Rita, Sue and Bob too - Rita, Sue and Bob too is both laugh out loud funny and cringemaking at the same time. The dialogue is hilarious (as is the drunk acting by Willie Ross). The "sex" scenes are fittingly not explicit, and have a rather grubby feel to them, which quite rightly makes them very unsexy. Bob is likewise fittingly seedy. The four main characters are fantastic in this piece. Lesley Sharp, making her debut, is fantastic and would reappear in Alan Clarke's next project the TV play "Road" (if you can get hold a copy of this do so just for Lesley Sharp's monologue alone - one of the best TV performances in the last 30 years). This film is interesting in itself for the fact that it sees a director more often at home in the arena of studies of dark or violent parts of society (Scum, Made in Britain, Contact etc) taking on the challenge of comedy and really succeeding. This film was an especially welcome return to form after his previous film, the bizarre "Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire" (which is one of the worst films I have ever seen) and in spite of which I contend that Alan Clarke is the greatest director of British TV and Cinema in the last 30 years.
The reasons I recommend Rita, Sue and Bob too are: 1. A fantastic screenplay by Andrea Dunbar. 2. Willie Ross's terrific portrayal of Sue's permanently drunk father 3. A terrific cast throughout.