The Van (1997)
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Critic Reviews for The Van
This third movie from novelist Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy is as good-natured as The Commitments and The Snapper but far less consistent.
Audience Reviews for The Van
I've always game for those droll little UK comedies, but this one notably disappointed me. Superficial and lightweight. Doesn't resonate as emotionally true. And Donal O'Kelly is not appealing at all. Another major problem: drunken Irish accents. I'd say that I understood about 95% of this film's dialogue, but no more than that.
Colm Meaney should have been a massive star after the Barrytown Trilogy films though I think his star was eclipsed by Brendan Gleeson. This movie is equal parts funny and sad though I wish it had more of the book's focus on Ireland's amazing run in the 1990 World Cup which serves as the backdrop of this story of two mates and a chip van.
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