The Boys and Girl From County Clare 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… The Boys and Girl From County Clare 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… 2005-03-11 PT90M Comedy Musical Bernard Hill Colm Meaney Andrea Corr First Look
Movie Review

The Boys and Girl From County Clare (2005)

The Boys and Girl From County Clare | IT'S A GAELIC PRIDE PARADE Rival brothers come home for an old-timey Irish fiddle-off
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IT'S A GAELIC PRIDE PARADE Rival brothers come home for an old-timey Irish fiddle-off
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Mar 11, 2005; Length: 90 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Musical; With: Bernard Hill and Colm Meaney; Distributor: First Look

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.

Originally posted Mar 16, 2005 Published in issue #812 Mar 25, 2005 Order article reprints
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