The Boys and Girl From County Clare | Chicago Reader

The Boys and Girl From County Clare

Like many Irish imports that win U.S. distribution, this uninspired comedy drama seems to have been bankrolled by the state tourism board, yet the Celtic music sequences provide welcome relief from the reheated plot. Colm Meaney and Bernard Hill, both imposing character actors, are estranged middle-aged brothers, each leading a band in competition at a music festival in western Ireland in the late 1960s. Many years earlier Meaney stole his brother's girlfriend, got her pregnant, and skipped town for Liverpool; now mother and daughter perform in the brother's band, the young woman (pop musician Andrea Corr) is reunited with the father she never knew, etc. John Irvin directed a script by Nicholas Adams, which deflects any truly uncomfortable moments with blarney. 90 min.

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