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Sweety Barrett

A naive circus performer is exploited by smugglers in a story whose quirkiness doesn't make up for the slight and predictable themes. Laid off by a family-owned circus, Sweety (Brendan Gleeson) finds work in an Irish port town controlled by a corrupt police detective, where he befriends a woman and her son. He begins to train the fascinated boy to become a fire-eater, and there are some cute moments in their familial relationship. But the machinations of the bad guy and his flunkies largely resemble those of cartoon villains, and we're bludgeoned by the score. Written and directed by Stephen Bradley.

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