Just Jim ** is the directing debut of that sweet-looking puppy dog actor Craig Roberts, who was the star of Richard Ayoade’s Submarine.
He’s a lovely chap, Craig, though from this evidence I rather think too young and inexperienced to be making his own films. (I don’t know – maybe he’s 40 or something and uses great moisturiser but I can’t be arsed to google it. Oh, I did. He’s 24. Twenty -fucking -four.)
Craig, from Wales, plays a misfit school kid and film noir fan, from Wales, who is mocked and teased and goes on cross country runs to impress the cool girl with pink hair.
His life changes when a cool American (Emile Hirsch) moves in next door – no idea why – and adopts weedy Jim as his friend. There’s a touch of Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam here but only a touch, as well as a smidgen of Truffaut, just as there was in Submarine.
It really isn’t nearly as funny or half as quirky as it thinks it is, although it might be of interest if you’re a teenage misfit. In Wales. Well done on getting it made, Craig, and I’m sure there’ll be a next time.