Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Snapper (1993)

St. Patrick’s Day Movie #2 (second of Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy)

Synopsis: Sweet Irish lass gets knocked up; Dad goes bananas.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Welcome to the helter-skelter Curley household. At the head of it is Dessie Curley, a plasterer who likes getting plastered. The roost is actually ruled by his wife Kay, a bright, resourceful woman with a lot to contend with  - not least her six children. This typical, cheerful, noisy, Irish home is hit by a bombshell when daughter Sharon announces she is pregnant. To make matters worse she refuses to name the father.”

What Did I Learn?: In Dublin, a plasterer’s salary is enough for a house, six kids and money for the pub.

You Might Like This Movie If: You love all things Irish.

Really?: I realize Ireland has a long-established pub culture, but come on...doesn’t anyone realize that getting rip-roaring drunk (on more than one occasion - even in the third trimester) while pregnant isn’t such a hot idea?

Rating: Colm Meany (best known as Chief O’Brien in the Star Trek universe) is great as a gruff-but-loveable working class bloke in this warm, funny, character-driven comedy/drama. The Snapper works because the characters are real, and we care about them. Highly recommended. 9/10 stars.

1 comment:

  1. Love this movie, even more than The Commitments.


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