The Boys and Girl From County Clare: First Look Media
Scott Brown
March 16, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Boys and Girl From County Clare

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/11/05
performer
Bernard Hill, Colm Meaney, Andrea Corr
director
John Irvin
distributor
First Look
author
Nicholas Adams
genre
Comedy, musical

We gave it a C+

The feel-good ethnocomedy, whether its table is set with fried chicken or matzo or Guinness, is necessarily, often pleasantly square. In The Boys and Girl From County Clare, traditional Irish values and traditional Irish stereotypes are defended handily — a bit too handily, given the mid-’60s setting — by warring ceilidh bands headed by estranged brothers. The younger (Colm Meaney) traded family responsibilities for Liverpudlian exile; the elder (The Lord of the Rings‘ Bernard Hill) kept the home fires burning. A music competition on their native sod sets the stage for rivalry, reconciliation, and dialogue (”It’s all about the music!”) that’s been boiled longer than Hibernian cuisine. We get a few winks about the disruptions, musical and otherwise, racking the world outside, but Boys is really just a long fiddle session in a very familiar pub. It’s not quite Epcot Ireland, though: When people drink (and they drink a lot — they’re Irish, ye see!), they also vomit. A lot.

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