CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • Production
  • 18
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1987
  • 95 mins

Rita, Sue And Bob Too

Rita, Sue And Bob Too

Synopsis

A funny and life-enhancing comedy from Alan Clarke set against a background of deprivation.

About

The original tag-line from this mid-80s sex comedy was 'Thatcher's Britain with its knickers down'. It caused quite a stir at the time and the London Underground even refused to display posters. Now, it's hard to see what all the fuss was about - there's little that isn't in most soap operas - but the dark comedy and excellent performances mean it's still well worth watching.

Two 15-year old girls, Rita and Sue, living on a housing estate have little to look forward to except their weekly babysitting sessions for a local couple, Michelle and Bob, who are living in relative affluence. Bob is soon offering more than just a lift home to the girls, a situation which suits all three until Rita gets pregnant and Michelle finds out.

Clarke's assured bad taste direction amuses even as it provokes. George Costigan entertains and appals as the lecherous Bob and while we laugh at the unfortunate girls and their naff lives, sympathy is never far behind.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Willie Ross, Lesley Sharp, Patti Nicholls, Michelle Holmes, Siobhan Finneran, George Costigan
  • Director: Alan Clarke
  • Screen Writer: Andrea Dunbar
  • Writer (Play): Andrea Dunbar
  • Producer: Patsy Pollock, Sanford Lieberson
  • Photographer: Ivan Strasburg
  • Composer: Michael Kamen

In a nutshell

A nasty, kind and unpleasantly funny romp.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 Stone

    Stone

    Robert De Niro, Ed Norton and Milla Jovovich star in this drama thriller about a convicted arsonist trying to manipulate a parole officer with the help of his beautiful wife

  • Film4 Pusher

    Pusher

    Nicolas Winding Refn's Danish crime thriller is given a British makeover starring Richard Coyle and Agyness Deyn

  • Film4 Men In Black 3

    Men In Black 3 on Film4

    When Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is killed in the past by a time-travelling villain, Agent J (Will Smith) travels back to 1969 to save him, and teams up with a younger version of Agent K (Josh Brolin) on Film4

  • Film4 Serenity

    Science-Fiction Season on Film4

    The future starts here! Film4's 2015 season of science fiction features classics of the genre, old and new

Rent now on Film4od

Available to rent for £2.49

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share