Those looking for a faithful adaptation of Brian Friel's award-winning play may be disappointed in what they find here. True, the plot elements are essentially the same and even a handful of Friel's original dialogue has made it into the film. But the whole thing has been overly simplified, and worst of all, overly sentimentalized. Everyone's so damned loveable, you wonder how conflict is even possible. That being said, Catherine McCormack, Meryl Streep, and especially Rhys Ifans all give grand performances. Sweet, occasionally moving, but just a tad too sugary for my tastes.