Irish Jam (2006)





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A South Central, LA con-artist finds that his rhyming skills can pay off in the least likely of venues after winning a poetry contest staged by a financially strapped Irish town in this fish out of water comedy starring Eddie Griffin and Mo'Nique. Ballywood, Ireland is a town with a cash flow problem; but the citizens aren't about to go down without a fight. With the banks set to foreclose and the future looking grim, the citizens of Ballywood decide to save their town by staging a poetry contest and using the entry fees to keep the moneymen at bay. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, hustler Jimmie (Griffin) is having a hard time shaking off hungry bill collectors and a jilted lover with a mind for marriage. His options dwindling and his future looking increasingly grim, Jimmy determines to use his gift for gab to take home the top prize at the Ballywood poetry contest and leave both the collectors and his clingy girlfriend at a loss for words.
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Eddie Griffin
as Jimmy McDevitt
Anna Friel
as Maureen
Roger Ashton-Griffiths
as Tom Flannery
Angus Barnett
as Milos O'Shea
James Bradshaw
as Malachy McNulty
Tom Georgeson
as Father Duffy
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A fish-out-of-water comedy with Eddie Griffin as a con artist who finds love and a new ease on life in Ireland.

Full Review… | January 17, 2007

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An lightweight scammer from LA South Central winds up in a beleaguered Irish town that held a contest, and neither the young, black American nor the townspeople can believe their fate. Yet each is willing to give the other a chance, and this spirit of cooperation is kept alive by a lively and lovely Irish lass, played by Anna Friel. The premise is a stretch, a huge stretch, and despite a good cast and great performances, the unfolding story leaves you wishing the writer had tried harder to make it work. There are funny moments, and some good cross-cultural gags, but it isn't ever going to add up. It isn't that you couldn't have a story with these hugely dissimilar cultures mashed up into a hit, it's just that it would take better writing than this treatment got. Eddie Griffin has some real talent, but Friel's performance really shines.

thomas Greenwood
thomas Greenwood

Scenery was pretty. A fish out of water that got the town to love him. Very touching when the mute girl started talking and wanted him to stay.

Veronica Balli
Veronica Balli

The landscape was beautiful. The plot was different, but not believable. Eddie Griffin I have seen better

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