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421 Ratings

God Help the Girl

Directed by Stuart Murdoch
United Kingdom, 2014
Drama, Musical, Romance


Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film is about a girl called Eve who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better.

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God Help the Girl Directed by Stuart Murdoch
The movie doesn’t quite make it to two hours, but my patience was tried pretty much any point at which the movie went a long stretch without a song… The problem is that Murdoch’s script, and his direction of the non-musical bits, is lackluster to the point of somnambulant. Murdoch’s songs show him a writer of fair-to-excellent verbal wit, and his dialogue has more than a few zingers—“I’ve got the constitution of an abandoned rabbit,” good one—but he simply isn’t a dramatist.
September 05, 2014
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Well, the music gods have smiled on God Help the Girl, because for all the thinness of its plot and the not-entirely-original quality of its characters, it’s blessed with beautiful, perfect, soft pop songs — and I say that as someone who’s mixed on much of Belle and Sebastian’s work… For all its frayed predictability, the film actually enhances the music, gives it life, definition, and consequence.
September 05, 2014
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The Belle and Sebastian discography will prepare fans for what to expect: a smattering of Catholicism, casual wit from and about the literate repressed, more libido than you’d initially expect. This is a film for those who love jokes about dressing like Roddy Frame in 1981 or people arguing about what to call their band. It’s not exactly C86: The Musical and those who don’t have the reference points won’t be lost, but it’s definitely catnip for a certain kind of music obsessive.
September 04, 2014
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