White Irish Drinkers (2010)
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Two young men are looking for a better life but may have to go to the wrong side of the law to get it in this independent drama from director John Gray. Brian Leary (Nick Thurston) and Danny (Geoff Wigdor) are brothers living in a decaying Brooklyn neighborhood in 1975. Tired of dealing with their angry and abusive father (Stephen Lang) and high-strung mother (Karen Allen), both Brian and Danny want to move out and do something different with their lives, but their ambitions travel different
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Every kitchen-sink dramatic cliché is trotted out in John Gray's Brooklyn period piece.
Despite the cliches that push every scene forward, there's an unexpected appeal to John Gray's modest drama, emanating from its center.
The basic outline of the plot, built around a promised local concert by the Rolling Stones - well, if you don't know where that story is headed, you haven't seen as many movies as I think you have.
Writer-director John Gray digs into his own background to create the ardent and atmospheric White Irish Drinkers. The close, cramped intimacy of this film is so real it stings.
White Irish Drinkers is a heavy borrower deep into the pocket of pop culture's loan shark, and lacking the grace to acknowledge the debt.
A period drama that's as predictable and cliched as green beer on St. Patrick's Day.
The dialogue and action in White Irish Drinkers couldn't be more on the nose if the film was intended to be a parody. Sadly, Gray means for us to take it seriously.
Under no circumstances would I recommend that you see "White Irish Drinkers." But if you do, a good, stiff belt would not be a bad idea.
Writer-director John Gray was blessed to find the faces of actors Thurston and Murphy.
I normally kind of like these sort of modest genre movies, but this is just marinating in its own mediocrity.
Veteran TV director John Gray brings little or nothing new to conflicts we've seen in an endless stream of movies, including Saturday Night Fever and (to go straight to the top of the list) Mean Streets.
Here's a 1970s-set film nostalgic for the days young Irish-American men addressed each other as "ya' hump."
This is a gritty, dreamy Everyman story, sure to resonate with viewers who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.
White Irish Drinkers contains a cast of characters who are as loud, brash and pugnacious as that title would suggest. They also represent just about every Irish-American stereotype.
Audience Reviews for White Irish Drinkers
- Shauna: Do you dare me to take all my clothes off and run through this cemetery naked?
- Brian: I'm not going to dare you, but I might beg you...
- Shauna: You're not going to ask to draw me naked, are you?
- Brian: No, I always wear clothes when I draw...
- Patrick: Hey Brian, what's a Irish seven-course meal?
- Brian: Six pack and a potato.
- Patrick: What, that's not funny?
- Brian: I heard it.
- Patrick: Gets a laugh down at Clancy's every time.
- Brian: Where's Pop?
- Margaret: Where do you think he is?
- Brian: I don't know, maybe a parenting seminar?
- Jerry: We are White Irish Drinkers! We don't do pills, we don't do weed, we don't do needles, we drink...that is what we do!
- Brian: Danny, I don't want to steal anything anymore. Let's face it. I'm not exactly a criminal mastermind.
- Danny: I'll teach you. That's what brothers are for.
- Brian: Not really. But I appreciate the thought.
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