The Boys and Girl From County Clare (2004)
British filmmaker John Irvin directs the musical comedy drama The Boys From County Clare. Set in the late '60s, the story involves a pair of rival brothers reuniting for the All-Ireland Traditional Music Competition in County Clare, Ireland. As defending champion John Joe (Bernard Hill) gets his local Celtic band ready to compete, his estranged brother, Jimmy (Colm Meaney), blows into town from Liverpool with his own band. John Joe's pianist, Maisie (Charlotte Bradley), isn't happy to see Jimmy, who had left her years ago to raise their daughter, Anne, all by herself. Now the town's star fiddle player, Anne (Andrea Corr of the Irish pop group the Corrs) goes against her mother's wishes in order to seek romance with Jimmy's flute player Teddy (Shaun Evans). The Boys From County Clare was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Boys and Girl From County Clare
Irresistible to all those with the slightest speck of Irish blood running in their veins. Or even those non-Irish viewers with a weakness for Irish plays, Irish music, Irish dancing, lilting Irish accents or pints of Guinness.
Don't ever think that Hollywood has the market cornered on formula flicks. Those folks from across the pond, in Britain and its environs, can do predictable with the best of them.
Never catches its rhythm.
Holds little of interest, with a generic story line and a cast that's mostly just going through the motions.
Seems like used goods...the utter predictability of not only the main plot but every subplot attached to it overwhelms any good will you might bring to it.
This tale of longstanding sibling rivalry set against a Ceili music competition doesn't score any points for originality, but it's a likeable enough 90-minute outing, especially for Eirephiles.
Pushes the least interesting relationships to the front and shoves the most interesting ones too the back.
While there's lots of great Ceili music on tap, it's wrapped in a story so traditional that it's not especially interesting.
This sweet but lightweight Irish ditty hits the expected notes and proves pleasing enough, mostly due to its appealing performers.
The charm of "The Boys and Girl from Country Clare" might be compared to the charm of Ceili music: infectious in its beat, but after a while it all sounds the same.
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