The Boys and Girl from County Clare


The Boys and Girl from County Clare (2004)


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British filmmaker John Irvin directs the musical comedy drama The Boys From County Clare. Set in the late '60s, the story involves a pair of rival brothers reuniting for the All-Ireland Traditional Music Competition in County Clare, Ireland. As defending champion John Joe (Bernard Hill) gets his local Celtic band ready to compete, his estranged brother, Jimmy (Colm Meaney), blows into town from Liverpool with his own band. John Joe's pianist, Maisie (Charlotte Bradley), isn't happy to see Jimmy, who had left her years ago to raise their daughter, Anne, all by herself. Now the town's star fiddle player, Anne (Andrea Corr of the Irish pop group the Corrs) goes against her mother's wishes in order to seek romance with Jimmy's flute player Teddy (Shaun Evans). The Boys From County Clare was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for The Boys and Girl from County Clare

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

Makes music almost an afterthought, and as such it never truly sings.

Mar 25, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Irresistible to all those with the slightest speck of Irish blood running in their veins. Or even those non-Irish viewers with a weakness for Irish plays, Irish music, Irish dancing, lilting Irish accents or pints of Guinness.

Mar 18, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Don't ever think that Hollywood has the market cornered on formula flicks. Those folks from across the pond, in Britain and its environs, can do predictable with the best of them.

Mar 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Really just a long fiddle session in a very familiar pub.

Mar 16, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Give this movie the back of your hand.

Mar 11, 2005

Everyone is likable in John Irvin's appealing if obvious little fable about two estranged brothers and their ceili, or traditional Irish, bands.

Mar 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boys and Girl from County Clare

A gem of a movie! This was a sweet movie with all the wonderful Irish elements a person could want: family mis-communication, drinking, fiddles, fun music, and a sweet love story. Very well done, with some very good, recognizable actors...

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