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Rory O'Shea Was Here

This 2004 British drama about two disabled young men is constrained by formula but executed with heart and humor. James McAvoy (Bright Young Things) charms as the title character, an Irish punk left quadriplegic by muscular dystrophy. Reminiscent of McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, he arrives at a Dublin home for the disabled, clashes with the matron in charge (Brenda Fricker), and befriends an inarticulate cerebral palsy victim (Steven Robertson). Through his scheming he and his new friend win an assisted-living grant, and in their new pad they party down with a cute young caretaker (Romola Garai). The last third seems to have been recycled from some disease-of-the-week TV movie, but the early scenes are refreshingly funny in their treatment of the handicapped. Damien O'Donnell directed a script by Jeffrey Caine. R, 104 min.

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