When Brendan Met Trudy | Chicago Reader

When Brendan Met Trudy

Brendan, a bookish schoolteacher and cinephile, gets entangled with vivacious Trudy, who claims to be a preschool teacher but is actually a professional burglar. This 1999 comedy from Ireland, based on novelist Roddy Doyle's first original screenplay, is often amusing—asking her out, Brendan praises a film's “courageous editing,” while Trudy only wants to know if it's in color. But director Kieron J. Walsh never quite figures out what to do with the numerous film references (he quotes dialogue, they reenact scenes), and the resulting uncertainty in tone, which sometimes treats the characters as parodistic products of mass culture, undercuts his later attempts to suggest that their love is authentic. With Peter McDonald and Flora Montgomery. 95 min.

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