Waking Ned Devine (1998)
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. They find the winner, old Ned Devine, dead -- a smile on his face, clutching the winning ticket. Well, in Ireland, the lottery winnings must be claimed by the purchaser, which puts the town in a spot -- if the lottery officials discover Devine dead, he forfeits his money. What ensues is a community coming together in hopes of getting his money to split 51 ways. What they learn is the importance of friendship and the true value of money. To reveal any more would spoil some major surprises, but suffice it to say, it involves aging actors David Kelly, 69, and Ian Bannen, 70, naked. ~ Chris Gore, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Waking Ned Devine
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.
Audience Reviews for Waking Ned Devine
Charming Irish comedy with a pretty dark but nevertheless sweet sense of humor about a small village trying to find out which one of their own won the lottery millions, discovering quite a bit of a surprise. The mostly aged cast delivers lovable and quirky characters you easily cheer for. Once the dilemma is on the table things maybe go a little too smoothly, so the plot could have used a turn or two more in the second half. But that doesn't take anything away from how enjoyable this film is. The Irish countryside and soundtrack add up to the quirky, traditional feel of the movie that makes it hard not to be absolutely enchanted by the story.More
Weird, I thought I rated this already on my Gx acct? Just watched it again, 2 old farts, 1 small village and a winning lottery ticket. My kind of funny ^_^More
I have a soft spot in my brain for movies set in Ireland, and this one fits the bill perfectly. A small town looks for a way to claim a winning lottery ticket after the winner drops dead from shock before he can claim his prize. Very sweet, funny film with elderly people as the stars, not just as background characters.More
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