Waking Ned Devine (1998)
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Just as the charming British film The Full Monty told the story of simple men willing to shed their clothes for money, Waking Ned Devine is the story of older Irish men who pursue money and take off their clothes. Commercial director Kirk Jones makes his feature directing debut with a story about a small town in Ireland called Tulaigh More, where one of their 52 inhabitants wins the lotto jackpot of nearly seven million pounds. When nobody claims it, the town goes on a search to find out why.
Nov 20, 1998 Wide
Jun 1, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox
Brendan F. Dempsey
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Though it strives for broad humor, pushing cuteness and light irony, this bland 1998 movie isn't exactly a comedy.
Charming performances and easygoing humour are the strengths of Jones's enjoyable Oirish romp.
There is some nudity in Ned Devine, but it's the funniest nudity in movies in ages.
As the twin revelations of a wonderfully unexpected pay-off prove, in the end there's no substitute for wit, invention and real, priceless humour.
Jones could have done worse than to fashion this slight entertainment, but it's also clear that he could do much better.
The film is tediously slow. The actors seem to pause too long between lines and the storytelling is far too smooth.
Gentle in most of its humor, but also has just enough edge and bite to keep it from being gaggingly gooey.
Like the hit movie The Full Monty, this British import has its funny shots of naked men.
There's plenty of enjoyment to be found here, whether it be the humor, the honest performances, or just the sheer beauty. And I have to admit, it put me in the mood for a pint.
A rollicking and playful comedy that encourages us to catch joy as it flies.
The beauty of this film is its simplicity. It's good old-fashioned story-telling, following the increasingly desperate attempts of a group of lovable rogues to fill their pockets.
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