Life's a Breeze Reviews

  • Mar 31, 2016

    Funny and heartwarming film about an Irish family and the search for an old mattress containing a fortune.

    Funny and heartwarming film about an Irish family and the search for an old mattress containing a fortune.

  • Jun 19, 2015

    Grandmother and granddaughter watch the madness of Dublin in poor economic times swirl around them and at the end they find some quiet joy. It made me smile.

    Grandmother and granddaughter watch the madness of Dublin in poor economic times swirl around them and at the end they find some quiet joy. It made me smile.

  • Jun 17, 2015

    not much of a "comedy"...

    not much of a "comedy"...

  • May 26, 2015

    While this movie offers some amusing and charming moments, the filmmaker seems to be totally content to follow the standard by-the-numbers style of mediocre TV movies. Curiously, elements of the story seem to beg for further examination but the filmmaker has opted to ignore the pleas. Neither good or bad -- Life's A Breeze is just sort of limply there.

    While this movie offers some amusing and charming moments, the filmmaker seems to be totally content to follow the standard by-the-numbers style of mediocre TV movies. Curiously, elements of the story seem to beg for further examination but the filmmaker has opted to ignore the pleas. Neither good or bad -- Life's A Breeze is just sort of limply there.

  • Mar 13, 2015

    Life's a Breeze is easy going fare, light comedy set in Ireland. An old lady's family raids her house while she's not there, gives it a thorough cleaning and upgrade. In the process there's a fortune in Euros hidden in her mattress, and we're off to the races, or should I say landfills. Good family fun if you're in a silly mood.

    Life's a Breeze is easy going fare, light comedy set in Ireland. An old lady's family raids her house while she's not there, gives it a thorough cleaning and upgrade. In the process there's a fortune in Euros hidden in her mattress, and we're off to the races, or should I say landfills. Good family fun if you're in a silly mood.

  • Jesse O Super Reviewer
    Feb 27, 2015

    This movie definitely has some charming and sweet moments in there, but I honestly feel that its attempts at comedy felt incredibly forced. The best stuff in the movie is Emma's relationship with her grandmother and how they grow closer together thanks to the family's mishap of throwing out stuff that didn't belong to them in the first place. The problem with the comedy itself is simply the fact that it consists of someone saying something funny and the rest of the cast laughing, almost like a laugh track for a sitcom. As in this is the audience's cue to laugh. It honestly feels incredibly forced and inorganic. The plot itself is fairly simple, the family throws out Nan's mattress, which contains all her live savings, which she estimates are around 900,000 euros. A wild goose chase ensues and things keep getting complicated due to some of Colm's harebrained ideas and his ineptitude. It isn't funny and there isn't really much character development outside of Emma, Nan, and maybe Colm. Sort of begs the question why would you include all of these characters if it only centers on Emma and Nan. Plus, with the exception of Nan and Emma, all of the other members of the family come across as incredibly unlikable as they talk about what they're gonna do once they get their mother's money back, as if it belongs to them. Ultimately, they do learn their lesson, but it's hard to really like any of them to be completely honest. The acting is perfectly fine, Fionnula Flanagan has always been great, so nothing to complain about there. And Kelly Thornton, who plays Emma, was ok at best. There were instances where her delivery just felt incredibly forced and unnatural, but other times she looked much better. Not saying there isn't potential there, but she needs a lot of work before she could ever be considered a good actress. The rest of the cast is fine, but they didn't really do much. The writing also doesn't really do much, it's just not particularly interesting or effective at developing a compelling story. It has some sweet moments near the climax, and those are definitely earned, but ultimately the film is more hollow than it would like to pretend to be. This isn't a bad movie by any means, it's just one that is the very definition of average. If you want a comedy, however, this will be the wrong choice. There's much better comedies on Netflix than this. You won't miss much if you decide to skip this, trust me.

    This movie definitely has some charming and sweet moments in there, but I honestly feel that its attempts at comedy felt incredibly forced. The best stuff in the movie is Emma's relationship with her grandmother and how they grow closer together thanks to the family's mishap of throwing out stuff that didn't belong to them in the first place. The problem with the comedy itself is simply the fact that it consists of someone saying something funny and the rest of the cast laughing, almost like a laugh track for a sitcom. As in this is the audience's cue to laugh. It honestly feels incredibly forced and inorganic. The plot itself is fairly simple, the family throws out Nan's mattress, which contains all her live savings, which she estimates are around 900,000 euros. A wild goose chase ensues and things keep getting complicated due to some of Colm's harebrained ideas and his ineptitude. It isn't funny and there isn't really much character development outside of Emma, Nan, and maybe Colm. Sort of begs the question why would you include all of these characters if it only centers on Emma and Nan. Plus, with the exception of Nan and Emma, all of the other members of the family come across as incredibly unlikable as they talk about what they're gonna do once they get their mother's money back, as if it belongs to them. Ultimately, they do learn their lesson, but it's hard to really like any of them to be completely honest. The acting is perfectly fine, Fionnula Flanagan has always been great, so nothing to complain about there. And Kelly Thornton, who plays Emma, was ok at best. There were instances where her delivery just felt incredibly forced and unnatural, but other times she looked much better. Not saying there isn't potential there, but she needs a lot of work before she could ever be considered a good actress. The rest of the cast is fine, but they didn't really do much. The writing also doesn't really do much, it's just not particularly interesting or effective at developing a compelling story. It has some sweet moments near the climax, and those are definitely earned, but ultimately the film is more hollow than it would like to pretend to be. This isn't a bad movie by any means, it's just one that is the very definition of average. If you want a comedy, however, this will be the wrong choice. There's much better comedies on Netflix than this. You won't miss much if you decide to skip this, trust me.

  • Feb 05, 2015

    Money, it's often said, is the root of all evil. However, the reality is that it is not money but the want of money that is the source of all evil. It is that want of money that drives man to do bad things. Those bad things include putting their own well-being over that of their own friends and family. And that message is at the core of Life's A Breeze, the new dramedy from indie studio Magnolia Home Entertainment. It's also a message that is presented without being preachy. For that reason alone, it makes Life's A Breeze well worth the watch. The story behind which that message rests is just as important to the movie's success. It centers on a group of adult children who start out just trying to help their elderly mother. But in learning of the mattress and the alleged fortune stashed within, things change very quickly. The end result reveals a message just as deep as the central message of human greed. That secondary message is one of how the elderly are viewed and treated by younger adults and even young people. Both of those messages coupled with the movie's story make for plenty of reason for audiences to check out Life's A Breeze now that it's available on DVD and Blu-ray. While each element proves its importance in its own way, there is still one remaining element worth noting to the movie's benefit. That element is the work of the movie's cast. Being an import from Ireland, American audiences won't recognize any of the cast in this movie. But that's beside the point. That's because every member of the cast is equally entertaining. Pat Shortt's portrayal of the dopey, somewhat scheming Colm, young Kelly Thornton's presentation of Emma, and Fionnula Flanagan's take on the family's underappreciated matriarch Nan are all spot on. The rest of the cast is just as entertaining in its supporting roles. The cast's acting is so surprisingly entertaining that it makes suspension of disbelief quite easy. That ability of audiences to so easily suspend their disbelief leads to even easier grasp of the movie's central story and its messages. Those whose minds are open enough will find themselves appreciating all of these elements together and agreeing that while not necessarily the "Feel-good film" that the Irish Times claimed it to be, it is still a movie that is as deep as it is funny and touching. That being the case, it proves to be yet another independent release that is just as worth the watch as anything churned out by Hollywood's Power Five studios. Hollywood in its current era has become increasingly a wasteland over the course of the past two decades or more thanks to the fact that those at the heads of the major studios have become afraid to take chances and back anything original and creative. Even the audiences that one supported Hollywood's endless river of prequels, sequels, and remakes are becoming increasingly vocal against this practice. They are starting to chomp at the bit for something with real substance that doesn't require involvement in more than one movie. They want the mainstream movie world to step out and take those chances again. Where Hollywood has struggled to offer anything along those lines, smaller, independent companies such as Magnolia Home Entertainment have picked up the slack and given those audiences exactly what they want and need. The most recent example of this comes from its new Irish import Life's A Breeze. Its message about the emphasis that we as people put on money versus that of our own loved ones lies at the center of the movie's enjoyment. Thanks to the efforts of the movie's writer/director Lance Daly, that message is presented without being overly preachy. Its rather serious nature is balanced with just enough moments of comic relief to keep it from overpowering audiences while still remaining at the story's forefront. The message itself is presented through the movie's story, which sees a group of adult children hunting for a missing matress that belongs to their mother. The mattress in question allegedly has almost a million Euros, which is equal to a little more than a million dollars American currency. It isn't until their mother tells them about the mattress that they even start to care. Even then, they care more about the money for themselves than for her. It's such a sad, telling and true statement that transcends nations. And because of its ability to reach so many different audiences, the story proves itself to be another of the movie's most important positives. The central message of man's greed that lies within Life's A Breeze is itself plenty of reason for audiences to check out this surprisingly worthwhile watch. There is no preachy nature involved in the message's delivery. It is delivered with class thanks to the Daly's work. Its value to the movie in whole can't be denied. And neither can the value of the story itself. The story that is used to deliver the movie's message is just as important to the whole. The story is centered on a group of adult children who are cleaning up the home of their mother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan-The Others, Yes Man, Four Brothers), which is something almost akin to that of a hoarder. In the process, Nan's childre end up throwing out her mattress, which she alleges contained close to a million Euros. That is, on the current market, a little less than a million dollars in U.S. currency. The problem is that they are not trying to find the money for her. Rather, they want it for themselves. When the people of the city are called upon by Colm to help, they prove even more the emphasis put on money over others. The only person that treats Nan with any real civility and humanity through it all is her grand-daughter Emma (Kelly Thornton-Clean Break, Love/Hate). The bond that grows between Nan and Emma throughout the course of the movie will bring audiences both to laughter and tears. And speaking of Emma, her final scene, which also closes the movie, will move audiences just as much. Itdrives home once and for all the message of human greed and how we as people should value who and what we have. Most amazing of all is the fact that this is done all within two short shots. Those shots won't be given away here for the sake of those that haven't yet seen the movie. But alongside the rest of the movie, they make for a powerful close to a movie that more than proves itself just as enjoyable as any big name blockbuster. There are a lot of deep, thought-provoking moments throughout the course of Life's A Breeze. For all of those moments that are shared, there are plenty of laughs along the way, too. They come courtesy of Colm's (Pat Shortt-Calvary, The Guard, Rory O'Shea) buffoonery in his hunt. One of his best moments comes when he thinks that Nan has won the nation's lottery. This is another moment that won't be given away. But it involves shaving cream and his fellow grown-up siblings. There is another moment when Colm has to chase down a bunch of kids who have stolen Nan's wheeled shed so as to burn it in a bonfire. He is essentially accused by one mother of being a pedophile when he confronts one of the kids. It's one more of so many great moments provided by Shortt that will leave audiences laughing. Those moments collectively set against the movie's more in-depth, emotional moments make the movie's story that much more enjoyable and prove why the story is just as important to the enjoyment of the whole as its central message. The pairing of the story behind Life's A Breeze and the delivery of its message of human greed makes this independent dramedy a work that is just as worth the watch as any of its counterparts released by Hollywood's major studios. In fact, it could be argued to be even better than those movies as it doesn't try to dumb itself down, unlike those movies. It still offers its own share of laughs and deeper moments for a presentation that any true movie lover should see at least once. While the work put into Life's a Breeze in terms of its script and its central message both play their own pivotal roles in the movie's enjoyment, one would be remiss to ignore the work of the movie's cast. It's already been noted that lead star Pat Shortt is a laugh riot as Nan's son Colm. His comic timing as he struggles to find Nan's mattress make for plenty of laughs. He is wholly believable in his portrayal of the oafish, almost middle-aged man who leads his siblings in the search for Nan's money. Fionnula Flanagan is just as entertaining in her portrayal of Nan. Nan isn't just some helpless, elderly woman. She proves to be pretty sharp even in her old age. She will have audiences laughing plenty when she and Emma set out to find the matress themselves without telling her own children. Her reaction to the male stripper (yes, there's even a male stripper) at her 80th birthday party is timeless and will have anyone laughing just as uproariously. And then there's Emma. Kelly Thornton's take on Emma makes the story just as rich in its own way. Emma is the only one that show's any real respect and love for Nan. Seeing Thornton handle Emma's growth as Emma's relationship with her grandmother grows adds even more depth to the story. Emma really is that hope for mankind among all of the selfish, short-sighted individuals that fill the world. She reminds audiences that it is possible to show care and concern for others over money, but that one must first care more for people than for money for that to happen. It is one more wonderful job of acting from the movie's cast. And together with the work of her cast mates, it makes for one more equally wonderful reason to watch Life's A Breeze at least once. It also shows once more why this deep, funny, and moving indie flick should be an early pick for any critic's list of the year's best new indie flicks. The work of the cast in Life's A Breeze, its central story, and its primary message together make it an early candidate for any critic's list of the year's best new indie flicks. It proves thanks to all of these elements that it is just as enjoyable as any dramedy churned out by Hollywood's major studios. It is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct from Magnolia Home Entertainment online at http://www.magpictures.com/lifesabreeze/. 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    Money, it's often said, is the root of all evil. However, the reality is that it is not money but the want of money that is the source of all evil. It is that want of money that drives man to do bad things. Those bad things include putting their own well-being over that of their own friends and family. And that message is at the core of Life's A Breeze, the new dramedy from indie studio Magnolia Home Entertainment. It's also a message that is presented without being preachy. For that reason alone, it makes Life's A Breeze well worth the watch. The story behind which that message rests is just as important to the movie's success. It centers on a group of adult children who start out just trying to help their elderly mother. But in learning of the mattress and the alleged fortune stashed within, things change very quickly. The end result reveals a message just as deep as the central message of human greed. That secondary message is one of how the elderly are viewed and treated by younger adults and even young people. Both of those messages coupled with the movie's story make for plenty of reason for audiences to check out Life's A Breeze now that it's available on DVD and Blu-ray. While each element proves its importance in its own way, there is still one remaining element worth noting to the movie's benefit. That element is the work of the movie's cast. Being an import from Ireland, American audiences won't recognize any of the cast in this movie. But that's beside the point. That's because every member of the cast is equally entertaining. Pat Shortt's portrayal of the dopey, somewhat scheming Colm, young Kelly Thornton's presentation of Emma, and Fionnula Flanagan's take on the family's underappreciated matriarch Nan are all spot on. The rest of the cast is just as entertaining in its supporting roles. The cast's acting is so surprisingly entertaining that it makes suspension of disbelief quite easy. That ability of audiences to so easily suspend their disbelief leads to even easier grasp of the movie's central story and its messages. Those whose minds are open enough will find themselves appreciating all of these elements together and agreeing that while not necessarily the "Feel-good film" that the Irish Times claimed it to be, it is still a movie that is as deep as it is funny and touching. That being the case, it proves to be yet another independent release that is just as worth the watch as anything churned out by Hollywood's Power Five studios. Hollywood in its current era has become increasingly a wasteland over the course of the past two decades or more thanks to the fact that those at the heads of the major studios have become afraid to take chances and back anything original and creative. Even the audiences that one supported Hollywood's endless river of prequels, sequels, and remakes are becoming increasingly vocal against this practice. They are starting to chomp at the bit for something with real substance that doesn't require involvement in more than one movie. They want the mainstream movie world to step out and take those chances again. Where Hollywood has struggled to offer anything along those lines, smaller, independent companies such as Magnolia Home Entertainment have picked up the slack and given those audiences exactly what they want and need. The most recent example of this comes from its new Irish import Life's A Breeze. Its message about the emphasis that we as people put on money versus that of our own loved ones lies at the center of the movie's enjoyment. Thanks to the efforts of the movie's writer/director Lance Daly, that message is presented without being overly preachy. Its rather serious nature is balanced with just enough moments of comic relief to keep it from overpowering audiences while still remaining at the story's forefront. The message itself is presented through the movie's story, which sees a group of adult children hunting for a missing matress that belongs to their mother. The mattress in question allegedly has almost a million Euros, which is equal to a little more than a million dollars American currency. It isn't until their mother tells them about the mattress that they even start to care. Even then, they care more about the money for themselves than for her. It's such a sad, telling and true statement that transcends nations. And because of its ability to reach so many different audiences, the story proves itself to be another of the movie's most important positives. The central message of man's greed that lies within Life's A Breeze is itself plenty of reason for audiences to check out this surprisingly worthwhile watch. There is no preachy nature involved in the message's delivery. It is delivered with class thanks to the Daly's work. Its value to the movie in whole can't be denied. And neither can the value of the story itself. The story that is used to deliver the movie's message is just as important to the whole. The story is centered on a group of adult children who are cleaning up the home of their mother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan-The Others, Yes Man, Four Brothers), which is something almost akin to that of a hoarder. In the process, Nan's childre end up throwing out her mattress, which she alleges contained close to a million Euros. That is, on the current market, a little less than a million dollars in U.S. currency. The problem is that they are not trying to find the money for her. Rather, they want it for themselves. When the people of the city are called upon by Colm to help, they prove even more the emphasis put on money over others. The only person that treats Nan with any real civility and humanity through it all is her grand-daughter Emma (Kelly Thornton-Clean Break, Love/Hate). The bond that grows between Nan and Emma throughout the course of the movie will bring audiences both to laughter and tears. And speaking of Emma, her final scene, which also closes the movie, will move audiences just as much. Itdrives home once and for all the message of human greed and how we as people should value who and what we have. Most amazing of all is the fact that this is done all within two short shots. Those shots won't be given away here for the sake of those that haven't yet seen the movie. But alongside the rest of the movie, they make for a powerful close to a movie that more than proves itself just as enjoyable as any big name blockbuster. There are a lot of deep, thought-provoking moments throughout the course of Life's A Breeze. For all of those moments that are shared, there are plenty of laughs along the way, too. They come courtesy of Colm's (Pat Shortt-Calvary, The Guard, Rory O'Shea) buffoonery in his hunt. One of his best moments comes when he thinks that Nan has won the nation's lottery. This is another moment that won't be given away. But it involves shaving cream and his fellow grown-up siblings. There is another moment when Colm has to chase down a bunch of kids who have stolen Nan's wheeled shed so as to burn it in a bonfire. He is essentially accused by one mother of being a pedophile when he confronts one of the kids. It's one more of so many great moments provided by Shortt that will leave audiences laughing. Those moments collectively set against the movie's more in-depth, emotional moments make the movie's story that much more enjoyable and prove why the story is just as important to the enjoyment of the whole as its central message. The pairing of the story behind Life's A Breeze and the delivery of its message of human greed makes this independent dramedy a work that is just as worth the watch as any of its counterparts released by Hollywood's major studios. In fact, it could be argued to be even better than those movies as it doesn't try to dumb itself down, unlike those movies. It still offers its own share of laughs and deeper moments for a presentation that any true movie lover should see at least once. While the work put into Life's a Breeze in terms of its script and its central message both play their own pivotal roles in the movie's enjoyment, one would be remiss to ignore the work of the movie's cast. It's already been noted that lead star Pat Shortt is a laugh riot as Nan's son Colm. His comic timing as he struggles to find Nan's mattress make for plenty of laughs. He is wholly believable in his portrayal of the oafish, almost middle-aged man who leads his siblings in the search for Nan's money. Fionnula Flanagan is just as entertaining in her portrayal of Nan. Nan isn't just some helpless, elderly woman. She proves to be pretty sharp even in her old age. She will have audiences laughing plenty when she and Emma set out to find the matress themselves without telling her own children. Her reaction to the male stripper (yes, there's even a male stripper) at her 80th birthday party is timeless and will have anyone laughing just as uproariously. And then there's Emma. Kelly Thornton's take on Emma makes the story just as rich in its own way. Emma is the only one that show's any real respect and love for Nan. Seeing Thornton handle Emma's growth as Emma's relationship with her grandmother grows adds even more depth to the story. Emma really is that hope for mankind among all of the selfish, short-sighted individuals that fill the world. She reminds audiences that it is possible to show care and concern for others over money, but that one must first care more for people than for money for that to happen. It is one more wonderful job of acting from the movie's cast. And together with the work of her cast mates, it makes for one more equally wonderful reason to watch Life's A Breeze at least once. It also shows once more why this deep, funny, and moving indie flick should be an early pick for any critic's list of the year's best new indie flicks. The work of the cast in Life's A Breeze, its central story, and its primary message together make it an early candidate for any critic's list of the year's best new indie flicks. It proves thanks to all of these elements that it is just as enjoyable as any dramedy churned out by Hollywood's major studios. It is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct from Magnolia Home Entertainment online at http://www.magpictures.com/lifesabreeze/. More information on this and other releases from Magnolia Home Entertainment is available online at: Website: http://www.magpictures.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MagnoliaPictures Twitter: http://twitter.com/magnoliapics To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and "Like" it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil's Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

  • Jan 17, 2015

    Enjoyable movie. recommended

    Enjoyable movie. recommended

  • Panta O Super Reviewer
    Jan 12, 2015

    Light hearted Irish comedy directed and written by Lance Daly will make you laugh but sometimes it scratches the surface and makes you think deeper. Decent performances by the cast didn't require too much effort, and Kelly Thornton, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt and Eva Birthistle obviously had fun doing it. Straight forward story about a family which just lost a fortune and is searching around the streets (or rather tips) of Dublin. The importance of the money in today's family relationship is shown as it is - plain and simple. The tensions, the tragic and the funny elements are included in the chase of the money forgetting the people who become just accessories instead of the main subjects of life! If you like to find out what can happen when unemployed slacker Colm (Pat Shortt), his aging mother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) and his niece Emma (Kelly Thornton) decide to find a lost fortune in a race against time, try this one.

    Light hearted Irish comedy directed and written by Lance Daly will make you laugh but sometimes it scratches the surface and makes you think deeper. Decent performances by the cast didn't require too much effort, and Kelly Thornton, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt and Eva Birthistle obviously had fun doing it. Straight forward story about a family which just lost a fortune and is searching around the streets (or rather tips) of Dublin. The importance of the money in today's family relationship is shown as it is - plain and simple. The tensions, the tragic and the funny elements are included in the chase of the money forgetting the people who become just accessories instead of the main subjects of life! If you like to find out what can happen when unemployed slacker Colm (Pat Shortt), his aging mother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) and his niece Emma (Kelly Thornton) decide to find a lost fortune in a race against time, try this one.

  • Aug 12, 2014

    Quite an accurate portrayal of how a growing number of Irish adults sponge off their parents during the recession, while writing them off as senile. A nice glimpse of Hallowe'en in town also. A good cast, but a bit awkwardly directed I think. The humour sometimes felt a bit forced. I also don't get what the problem with the girls sandwich was.

    Quite an accurate portrayal of how a growing number of Irish adults sponge off their parents during the recession, while writing them off as senile. A nice glimpse of Hallowe'en in town also. A good cast, but a bit awkwardly directed I think. The humour sometimes felt a bit forced. I also don't get what the problem with the girls sandwich was.