Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie

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DIR: Ben Kellett • WRI: Brendan O’Carroll • PRO: Stephen McCrum • DOP: Martin Hawkins • ED: Mark Lawrence • MUS: Andy O’Callaghan • DES: Simon Rogers • CAST: Brendan O’Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Robert Bathurst, Sorcha Cusack

Chances are if you’re planning on going to see Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, then – much like writer and star Brendan O’Carroll – you don’t really care what film critics have to say about it and probably won’t be reading this review. So instead of pre-loading the critique with apologetic lines like “But fans of the show will love it…”, let’s just assume that fans of the show already love it, and have this review be for everyone else, such as people going in blind to Mrs Brown phenomenon. Is there anything here for the average cinemagoer? Aside from making Dublin look pretty, the answer is a loud and solid “No.”

When a local politican (boo!) wants to pave Moore Street to put up a parking lot or whatever it is his nefarious plans involve, Mrs Brown finds her stall under threat. Doubly so when she discovers that she actually owes nearly €4 million in taxes due to a government SNAFU. So Mrs Brown’s Boys (and girls) get involved to try to save the day, and we end up with a bunch of blind ninjas and their faux-Asian leader (also O’Carroll, leaving no racist joke unturned), a lawyer with Tourette’s Syndrome and a gay man in Borat-style mankini. Hilarious…..?

It’s not that O’Carroll and co aren’t funny, more that it feels like at no point does it ever really feel like they’re trying to be. For all the fourth-wall breaking self-awareness and kept-in outtakes while the film is still happening, there’s no sense of intelligence or originality going on when it comes to the jokes.

Of course it is nice that, for once, Dublin is being shown as a lovely, warm, welcoming place filled with accepting, loveable folk, and the cinematography really does paint the capital as a layered, vibrant cosmopolitan city, but this isn’t exactly a Richard Linklater movie. This is a comedy, one now without the laugh track of the TV show to remind us where the punchlines are. Without that assistance, it’s next to impossible to figure out when we’re supposed to find any of this funny.

But fans of the show will love it…

Rory Cashin

15A (See IFCO for details)
94 mins

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie is released on 27th June 2014

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Irish Success at BAFTAs

Irish actor Andrew Scott at the BAFTAs, with his Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock.

There were some notable Irish winners at last night’s BAFTA Awards in London. Brendan O’Carroll won the best Situation Comedy prize for Mrs Brown’s Boys. Graham Norton won Best Entertainment Performance for his BBC chat show The Graham Norton Show. Irish actor Andrew Scott won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock. Monica Dolan, whose parents are from Dublin and Wexford, claimed the Best Supporting Actress award for the television film Appropriate Adult.

The awards were hosted by Irish comedian Dara O’Briain.

The Irish colourist Aidan Farrell was honored earlier this month for his craft with a BAFTA special award for his ‘outstanding creative contribution to the industry and his extensive work and accomplishments in this field.’

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'Mrs Brown’s Boys' nominated for a BAFTA

Mrs Brown’s Boys has been nominated for a BAFTA in the Situation Comedy category at this year’s awards. The comedy, which was a co-produced by RTÉ with the BBC, has proven to be a popular, both here and in the UK. Starring Brendan O’Carroll as Dublin matriarch Agnes Brown, it was first broadcast on RTÉ One at the beginning of the year. The comedy attracted an average audience of over 800,000 viewers, making it one of RTÉ Entertainment’s biggest successes of the year so far.

The show has also gone on to recieve large audiences on BBC One, with the last episode attracting 4.1 million viewers. RTÉ Television announced in March that the hugely popular sitcom would be re-commissioned for a second series.

Other nominees in the Situation Comedy category for the BAFTAs include Peep Show, Rev and The Trip. The BAFTAs ceremony will take place in London on 22nd May 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Mrs Brown’s Boys has also been nominated for the Best TV Comedy category in this year’s Monte Carlo Television Festival Awards. Along with Irish comedy/drama Trivia, Mrs Brown’s Boys will be competing in the comedy category against popular US shows such as 30 Rock, Glee and Modern Family. The winner will be announced in early June.

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