Adult Life Skills. Anna (Jodie Whittaker). Copyright: Pico Pictures / Lorton Distribution.

Adult Life Skills

2016 British comedy film about accepting adulthood. Stars Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Brett Goldstein, Rachael Deering, Eileen Davies and others.

Adult Life Skills. Anna (Jodie Whittaker). Copyright: Pico Pictures / Lorton Distribution.

Adult Life Skills

Comedy about growing up

Genre
Film
Released
2016
Starring
Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Brett Goldstein, Rachael Deering, Eileen Davies, Alice Lowe, Edward Hogg, Ozzy Myers and others
Writer
Rachel Tunnard
Director
Rachel Tunnard
Producers
Michael Berliner, Ken Marshall, Richard Holmes, Paul Ashton, David Hinds, Andrew Hinds, Neil Hinds, David Fransen, Jodie Whittaker, Jakob Abrahamsson and others

Anna is stuck: she's approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum's garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered.

She spends her days making videos using her thumbs as actors - thumbs that bicker about things like whether Yogi Bear is a moral or existential nihilist. But Anna doesn't show these videos to anyone and no one knows what they are for.

A week before her birthday her Mum serves her an ultimatum - she needs to move out of the shed, get a haircut that doesn't put her gender in question and stop dressing like a homeless teenager. Naturally, Anna tells her Mum to BACK THE F-OFF.

However, when her school friend comes to visit, Anna's self-imposed isolation becomes impossible to maintain. Soon she is entangled with a troubled eight year old boy obsessed with Westerns, and the local estate agent whose awkward interpersonal skills continually undermine his attempts to seduce her.

This is a story about confronting the things we are most scared of - a story that explores the universal themes of being lost and finding yourself, making peace with who you are, and regaining self-confidence and dignity.

It is basically the same themes as Rocky if you think about it. But with thumbs. And a cowboy. And no boxing.

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