The Snapper (1993)
Average Rating: 7.4/10
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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
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Average Rating: 3.9/5
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The Snapper is Stephen Frears's adaptation of the second book in Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy. The Curley family is a poor but eccentric and loving Irish family. Oldest daughter Sharon (Tina Kellegher) announces she is pregnant, but refuses to reveal the identity of the father to anyone. Her father, Dessie (Colm Meaney), is supportive, but begins to chafe at the derisive gossip aimed at his family and his daughter. This leads to a confrontation between the two that is, like the rest of the
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Casting and playing are uniformly tops, with special praise for Fionnuala Murphy as Kellegher's best pal, Ruth McCabe as the quiet, long-suffering mom, and the five kids as her loopy brothers and sisters.
Better-than-average sitcom stuff, enhanced by the lively performances, Doyle's own adaptation, and the able direction of Stephen Frears.
This rip-roaring Irish comedy is the freshest surprise of the season.
The marriage of humor and drama is admittedly imperfect, but it works well enough to occasionally spawn laughter and touch the heart, and there's a crucial scene between Colm Meaney and Tina Kellegher that is beautifully written, acted, and directed.
At once realistic and idealised, this is a rare attempt to make drama of ordinary people doing the right thing.
Well written and directed, The Snapper celebrates common sense and human decency, qualities which triumph over prudishness and restrictive social mores.
Intimate and effective little drama from Stephen Frears.
A charming Irish comedy in the same spirit as Waking Ned Devine. Colm Meaney is far funnier than his Star Trek credentials would suggest.
I can't get enough of those wacky Irish, and this film's got plenty.
A fun look at Irish life; warm, loud and comical.
An unforgettable portrait of an Irish family drama whose loving dad is also his daughter's knight in shining armor.
Thanks largely to Colm Meaney's charming lead performance, it's just one of the most purely enjoyable comedies of 1993.
A rowdy and rousing Irish comedy that will amuse its intended art-house audience but may also prompt some reflection about the family unit as it exists in the '90s.
Audience Reviews for The Snapper
- Dessie Curley: How do you know he was Spanish? Or a sailor? He couldve been a Pakistani postman if you were that drunk!
- Dessie Curley: Get out of me way ye dozy bollix.
- Lester: Your a great little ride Sharon.
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