The Van (1997)



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This is the third film adapted from a fictional trilogy by Irish writer Roddy Doyle about families living in a working-class Dublin neighborhood. The first was director Alan Parker's smashing music mockumentary The Commitments and the second was the hilarious comedy The Snapper, directed by Stephen Frears. Frears also directs this film, which is about two unemployed buddies who convert a dilapidated van into Bimbo's Burgers, a mobile fast-food joint selling fish and chips and hamburgers. Bimbo (Donal O'Kelly) is the brains behind the operation, while his slacker friend Larry (Colm Meany) is his bumbling helper. They first set up shop outside a pub to capture patrons streaming out after watching a telecast of Ireland playing in the World Cup. When Ireland is eliminated, the bumbling entrepreneurs move to a forlorn beach. They get the help of Larry's daughter Diane (Neili Conroy) and son Kevin (Rauidhuri Conroy), who soon becomes so disgusted with the fare that he becomes a vegetarian. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi
R (For strong language.)
Comedy , Drama
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Colm Meaney
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Ger Ryan
as Maggie
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Critic Reviews for The Van

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

This third movie from novelist Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy is as good-natured as The Commitments and The Snapper but far less consistent.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
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Shows what some people will sacrifice to keep a friendship alive.

Full Review… | August 28, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Guinness, football, and chips. What's not to like?

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

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March 26, 2006

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October 15, 2005

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.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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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.

Ben Kavanaugh
Ben Kavanaugh

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