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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
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It's not funny enough to rise above its clumsy story, but it has something rare in movies of its type: a good heart, which it demonstrates in surprisingly sweet scenes between Conor and his mum (Hilary Rose).
The story itself is slight and runs out of steam long before the arrival of a nailgun-wielding drug dealer but the script sparkles and Murphy and Walley are stars in the making as small-time crooks and big-time charmers.
It's got a heart, particularly in the scenes between the boys and their respective single parents, and it's got an amusingly recognisable portrayal of adolescent male friendship and the entertaining, embarrassing stupidity that can result from it.
As broad and brassy Irish comedies go (there have been quite a few of them lately), this one is reasonably palatable, striking a workable balance between knockabout slapstick, backchat, and proper storytelling and characterisation.