Set in Ireland in 1995 “Dating Amber” is a coming-of-age comedy that tells
the story of two teenage kids who are trying to negotiate their way through
their final year at high school.
As well as trying to deal with their school work Eddie (Fionn O’Shea) and
Amber (Lola Petticrew) have also to deal with issues in terms of their
Amber knows she’s gay but refuses to admit it to her pals who all suspect
that she’s gay and take every opportunity to tell her so. Meanwhile Eddie
thinks he’s gay and to make things worse for him he’s mocked relentlessly
by his friends because he doesn’t have a girlfriend.
To add to their confusion Amber and Eddie have to deal with other issues in
their lives, Eddie is expected to join the army where is father (Barry
Ward) is a high ranking officer, whilst Amber, who lives with her single
mother (Simone Kirby) in a caravan park where she rents out empty caravans
to her horny classmates for £10 time, has to deal with the trauma of
finding her father dead and hanging from a tree.
In order to try and hide their true sexuality from their classmates and
parents the pair decide to become “boyfriend and girlfriend”
Needless to say things don’t run as smoothly as the pair would like as the
longer the pair are in their “relationship” and the more Amber starts to
come to terms with her own sexuality the more Eddie sinks into a world of
Written and directed by David Freyne “Dating Amber” is a witty and funny
film that has two terrific performances at its core, Fionn O’Shea (Handsome
Devil and the TV series Normal People) is excellent as the shy and awkward
Eddie as is Lola Petticrew (A Bump Along The way) as the ballsy and
Whilst Freyne’s script does have an air of familiarity about it, 2018's "Love Simon" and 1981’s
Scottish comedy “Gregory's Girl" are just a couple of films that it could be compared
to, he’s managed to turn “Dating Amber” into a one of the feel good
films of the summer and comes highly recommended.