"feel-good comedy drama" fairytale about a young Mancunian who
dreams of playing for City.
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of the film and Ray Winstone's performance:
a game of two halves, Jimmy
Somehow, There's Only One Jimmy Grimble avoids
self-consciousness as it leads us into the life of teenaged Jimmy (Lewis
McKenzie), whose aspirations on the football field are as avid as they
are unoriginal. It helps that the film realises that there is, in fact,
more to life than football: Jimmy's mum (Gina McKee) has split wiht the
lovely Harry (an unusually cuddly Ray Winstone) and has a dreadful new
bloke, and Jimmy himself has offended the delightful pugilist Sara (Samia
Ghadie). But the beautiful game is the crux of the matter, what with the
schools competition coming up, PE teacher Eric Wirral (Robert Carlyle)
utterly indifferent to his team's fate and staunch Manchester City supporter
Jimmy surrounded on the team by diehard United fans twice his size. All
that's missing is a a mysterious old lady and a pair of magic football
boots. The undoubted silliness of the plot can't dilute the charm of this
boyhood fantasy, which sports a rocking soundtrack and the requisite simplicity
of outlook common to all the best fairy tales.
Nina Caplan, Metro 25 August 2000
not working, is it?" says Ray Winstone towards the end of There's
Only One Jimmy Grimble", his Manchester accent as authentic as
a seven-pound note..... Winstone, as the ex-boyfriend Jimmy wants his
mum to get back together with, seems to think a Mancunian accent can be
achieved by grumbling into his chest, his voice so deep in Lee Marvin
territory, he must have needed an aqualung to get down there. It is not
Jim White, Sight and Sound Sept 2000
classic, but the boy done good.
"...Ray Winstone, playing against type as McKee's crinkly, cuddly
and very married ex. Luckily his wife puts in an appearance - purely to
be sent packing. "You're still seeing him, aren't you?" he asks
her. (Phew, so it wasn't his fault after all.) ...Despite the top-notch
cast, all the adult characters are one-dimensional, and poorly sketched
Nigel Cliff, The Times 24 August 2000
"....a kindly removal man (Ray Winstone), the
embodiment of caring, City-supporting decency.
There is a surprise in this movie. This is probably the one occasion when
Winstone doesn't say: "You're out of order." The line goes instead
to the headmaster - well it had to be there somewhere".
Philip French, The Observer 17 August 2000
are made for scoring
"Ray Winstone has a walk-on-and-off part -
now you see him, now you dont'; but never do you miss him - as a good-natured
family friend with his own tart of a wife".
Alexander Walker, The Evening Standard 24 August 2000