'Submarine'

Half the time I was laughing during the bracingly unsentimental coming-of-age comedy "Submarine," I wasn't even sure why. Writer-director Richard Ayoade's adaptation of the Joe Dunthorne debut novel isn't merely joke-funny. It's texture-funny, which is harder, considering the locale: starkly beautiful, gray-toned Swansea, Wales, onetime home of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004043" title="Catherine Zeta-Jones" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/catherine-zeta-jones-PECLB004043.topic">Catherine Zeta-Jones</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001981" title="Dylan Thomas" href="/topic/arts-culture/dylan-thomas-PEHST001981.topic">Dylan Thomas</a> and, according to Dunthorne, an endless supply of sexual frustration.<br>
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<b>Review:</b> <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/sc-mov-0607-submarine-20110609,0,585178.column">Yutz's mutterings yield some universal truths</A>

Half the time I was laughing during the bracingly unsentimental coming-of-age comedy "Submarine," I wasn't even sure why. Writer-director Richard Ayoade's adaptation of the Joe Dunthorne debut novel isn't merely joke-funny. It's texture-funny, which is harder, considering the locale: starkly beautiful, gray-toned Swansea, Wales, onetime home of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dylan Thomas and, according to Dunthorne, an endless supply of sexual frustration.

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Review: Yutz's mutterings yield some universal truths

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