Poignancy involves a poetic kind of sadness that elevates it from being merely sad. “Nowhere Boy” (2009) is a poignant look at the angst-filled teen years of John Lennon. We’re not talking sissy suburban angst like some show on the CW. This is heavy duty, postwar England, stiff-upper-lip, my-mom-abandoned-me-because-she’s-crazy angst. Although Lennon’s the protagonist, he’s often not very likeable. His mom and aunt aren’t much better. But they’re not bad people, just flawed. You’ll wonder if Lennon became “John Lennon” because of all this drama. Or maybe in spite of it. Either way, you’ll never again wish you were him.

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