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Irish director Darren Thornton, with dynamo Seána Kerslake as Mary, delivers a canny blend of biting comedy and soulful drama
Mad Mary is a delight, especially for its rounded supporting characters, its skewering use of language, and the pinpoint accuracy of its observations of life in this specific time and place.
Kerslake and Lee leave enough of an impression to be able to use this film as a gateway to greater things.
Honest, human and genuine, A Date with Mad Mary is not one you'll want to miss.
Although A Date for Mad Mary doesn't break any new ground, it exhibits a confidently assured (if slightly thorny) approach to its subject matter and despite hitting many familiar beats, its rhythm is impeccably in-time.
Based on a stage play by Yasmine Akram, debut feature director Darren Thornton does a terrific job with the performances.
Put simply, this is a delight from start to finish, generating big laughs and powerful emotion, while marking out both director and leading lady as serious talents to watch.
A Date For Mad Mary feels like an Ireland-set cross between Bridesmaids and Muriel's Wedding.
Irish writer/director Darren Thornton's feature, A Date for Mad Mary, is an outstanding debut.
Mary's coming out is about not just coming to terms with her sexuality, but also with who she is and who she wants around her.
Seána Kerslake... infuses warmth and intelligence to Mary's reflexive lashing out and a sneaky poise to a proudly ungraceful character. A terrific dramedy.
Darren and Colin Thornton have done a really nice job adapting Yasmine Akram's play 10 Dates for Mad Mary, giving it a strong sense of place and time, and creating full, rich, rounded and almost exclusively female characters.
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