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.