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“Get Real” is one of those British films of late that reek of National Lottery money. You know the type: politically correct liberal theme, earnest storytelling and tepid humor. In a word: dull.

In a controversial move a few years back, the British government decided to prop up domestic filmmaking by funneling lottery money through the Arts Council of England. While it’s an idealistic notion, this support — like nearly all state funding of the arts — has resulted in more, but not better films, many of which don’t even gain domestic distribution, and very few of which actually make an impact overseas.

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