Ted Demme's death ay 38 was a tragic loss to film. This film along with his previous film "Beautiful Girls" and his last feature "Blow" showed he was a gifted director. This is the Irish version of Scorsese's "Mean Streets" and it delves into themes long seen in films dealing with the Irish community that of informing. Denis Leary is able to throw in stand up bits into scenes. Leary gives his best performance in a film. Sheen in his small role as always shows why he is one of this county's great actors. Meaney plays the usual shanty Irish piece of shit bad guy. Noah Emmerich in his small role as a racist neighborhood tough guy is great. Only issue was the running time.
Good story, what makes it work is the good character development. They seem like real people in believable situations. Well acted, Denis Leary in particular. Boston setting is a plus and good use is made of it. Good score. A solid and watchable film.