Just Jim

In a small Welsh town where people talk to themselves we meet Jim, a lonely teenager who is given the chance to increase his popularity when a cool American kid moves in next door. Written and directed by Craig Roberts, who also plays the lead role.

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  • ★★★★ review by Cheyenne Brown on Letterboxd

    It's official. Craig Roberts is a triple threat! Not only can he act well, but he's a wonderful writer and director, too.

    Just Jim is an impressive debut. Just Jim is a story of broken, lonely, people dealing with the reality of the world they're in. I found the film to be a different kind of coming of age story- Half witty mumblecore, half psychological thriller. As strange as that sounds, it works. As the characters and situation progress, the film's tone slowly eases into a more serious place.

    I instantly fell in love with the clever dialogue. Although the film is depressing and cynical, there is some humor. It's witty despite not having many hilarious moments. In addition to that, Roberts pays great attention to detail. For example, the state of the gate outside Jim's home matches his emotional state. I found that to be a very creative detail.

    Although the editing and cinematography is a little rough, the film is immensely enjoyable.

    I cannot wait to see what Craig Roberts creates next. (And he doesn't need to be so self deprecating because he has a lot of potential.)

  • ★★★½ review by David Jenkins on Letterboxd

    Craig Roberts could be our Xavier Dolan (in a good way).

  • ★★★★ review by noah on Letterboxd

    charlotte knows why i'm watching this

  • ★★★½ review by HighonFilms on Letterboxd

    He ain't Jim Jarmusch, he ain't Jim Carrey, he is Just Jim.

    Had Lynch directed Fight Club with young Leonardo DiCaprio as Tyler Durden, it wouldn't look something like this, but the world young Craig has created is equally strange and wonderful.

    -DI

  • ★★★★ review by TheMovieWaffler.com on Letterboxd

    Homage abounds in Just Jim, not just to the '50s rebel canon, but to John Hughes’s teen cinema, Scorsese, Lynch all the way up to Bertolucci and beyond. Roberts assimilates these influences with a cineaste’s flair.

    Read the review by Benjamin Poole

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