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‘This Is England’ is a movie directed by Shane Meadows. The film takes place in the summer of 1983 in England. Margaret Thatcher rules the country and problems such as poverty and unemployment is affecting England. The plot takes place during the Falkland wars (The war where the main character of the movie, Shaun lost his father) He lives alone with his mother in what we would call poverty or the working class. They don’t have much money so he has to wear pants that are way too big for him. He gets bullied in school for his clothes and doesn’t seem to have any friends. On his way home from school, Shaun meets a group of skinheads, led by a guy named Woody. They let him join their group and soon Shaun looks like the rest of the group, his head gets shaved, he gets doctor Martens shoes and jeans with red braces and of course a Ben Sherman shirt. The group lives on the edge of the law and runs around destroying houses and smoking a lot of hash. Shaun finds a punk girl named Smell and he falls in love with her. The group soon changes a lot when the racist skinhead named Combo is released from prison. He returns the group. He tells the group about his ideas and ends up dividing the group. He made Shaun stay using manipulation; saying that he needed to fight back for his dead father. Combo becomes a bit of a father figure for Shaun and Shaun thinks it cool to be a part of the ‘big boys’. The group sees themselves as nationalist and not racists. The working class has so poor conditions that they try to find their scapegoat. The scapegoat is of course the immigrants. Shaun of course does what the group tells him to do and he isn’t thinking of the consequences. They end up threatening a group of Jewish boys and a man in a local shop. Suddenly he gets involved in a murder when Combo attacks the immigrant Milky from the skinheads group. Shaun now…...

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