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Warm, funny, and populated by easily relatable characters, The Snapper is a compulsively watchable slice-of-life dramedy with much to recommend.
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As warm and lived-in as an old pair of boots, The Snapper is an honorable feel-good movie.
Casting and playing are uniformly tops, with special praise for Fionnuala Murphy as Kellegher's best pal, Ruth McCabe as the quiet, long-suffering mom, and the five kids as her loopy brothers and sisters.
Better-than-average sitcom stuff, enhanced by the lively performances, Doyle's own adaptation, and the able direction of Stephen Frears.
A small, joyful lark of a film.
This rip-roaring Irish comedy is the freshest surprise of the season.
At once realistic and idealised, this is a rare attempt to make drama of ordinary people doing the right thing.
Gritty, charming and with a heart as big as the Emerald Isle itself.
Well written and directed, The Snapper celebrates common sense and human decency, qualities which triumph over prudishness and restrictive social mores.
Intimate and effective little drama from Stephen Frears.
A charming Irish comedy in the same spirit as Waking Ned Devine. Colm Meaney is far funnier than his Star Trek credentials would suggest.
I can't get enough of those wacky Irish, and this film's got plenty.
This is a fairly light, but quite funny movie about how a family deals with the circumstances surrounding oldest daughter, Sharon, and her pregnancy. The film is certainly rough going at first, its not a film that's appealing visually and some of the comedy felt a little forced. For example, whenever Sharon and her friends are at the pub and they're shooting the shit, talking about various topics, all of that completely unnatural and unfunny. It'd be one thing if it only happened once and it was done with, but it happens at least several times and none of those times are particularly funny. It's almost like that actresses are begging you to laugh with their over-the-top and exaggerated laughter at everything they say. It was just bad. Thankfully, though, the film certainly picked up and it was actually a really funny film by the end. It's a rare example of the film that keeps getting better as it goes along and ends at its peak. The story is sweet, about the dedication and the support your family can give you when almost everyone else in town has turned their back on you. So that was good, even if it was a little predictable. The ending was probably a little too happy for me and there was the potential for the film to get a little darker, with George's depression after being rejected by Sharon, but they didn't go for it. Probably wouldn't have fit with the light and breezy approach, but it would've given the film something different. Not that I can complain really, the movie was quite good with a solid script with plenty of laughs and a good cast. Some flaws here and there keep it from being better, but it's a good watch if you have Netflix and 90 minutes to kill.
Chief O'Brien takes a turn as an unexpected grandparent in a touching Irish film. The scene in the pub which takes place as his daughter gives birth is fabulous.
Hilarious! A brilliant movie about a family who go through the motions of everyday life.
Colm Meaney is fantastic in this one! A great comedy! Simply love it!
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