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The Playboys (1992)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 10
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Gillies MacKinnon directed this charming Irish romance, taking place in a small Irish village in 1957, just before the first television set makes an appearance in this conservative hamlet. There is a scandal in the village concerning the beautiful and independent Tara Maguire (Robin Wright) -- Tara is pregnant and refuses to identify the father. She goes into labor during Sunday Mass, which raises the ire of the parish priest (Alan Devlin), who thinks God will bring bad times down on the village

Apr 20, 2004

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (2) | DVD (5)

This familiar pattern of headstrong girl and passions brimming beneath the surface is well directed by first time Scottish helmer Gillies MacKinnon, though the pace slows in middle reels as plot gives way to the troupe's enjoyable stage performances.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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It seems like everyone had a ball; I know I did.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This absorbing film boasts several outstanding performances as well as a richness in both story and character that is much too rare these days.

March 11, 2008
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With time, place and mood sensitively evoked, this is solid, intelligent entertainment, mercifully free of the usual 'Oirish' clichés.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There's magic in it.

March 6, 2005
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Mr. Finney, looking puffy and ravaged in the role of a man who has lost much of himself to drink (and whose obsessive interest in Tara somehow offers him the chance of redemption), brings a furious, buried intensity to Hegarty's longing.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Not amazing but watchable.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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The wry Irish wit sits like froth on the head of a glass of Guinness, masking a deceptively bitter brew.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The film is set in 1957, before TV and cars became popular, thus explaining the centrality of two institutions in the Irish village: the church and the theater.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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This bit of blarney depicts a sweet, silly love triangle in 1950s provincial Ireland.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Rfeveals the delights and the drawbacks of small town life.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The Playboys is low-key and disarming, and its appeal sneaks up on you.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

All in all, The Playboys is an Irish treat.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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