The path of true love may not run smooth for Gregory, but that doesn't mean there won't be surprises for him along the way. Forsyth's wonderfully wry Bafta-winning script is loaded with some truly magical incidental moments (Gregory's entrepreneurial cake-making friend runs a tuck shop from the deeply unsanitary confines of a cubical in the school toilets), and the film's influence across future genre efforts is undeniable. What resonates most deeply, however, is the effortless and easy-going charm Forsyth brings, filtered through to his wonderful protagonist. Gregory's love is of the unrequited kind, but rather than dwell on the hurt and anguish that can bring, the director opts for showing a sunnier, yet no less realistic alternative. It's this approach which is undoubtedly an attributed factor to the Gregory's Girl's longevity. Young love can be painful, but it needn't be paralysing.