Very Annie Mary Review

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Trapped both by a suffocating father and the low expectations of her peers, Annie Mary has a voice that she's afraid to use. But when a talent contest looms, Annie Mary spies her chance to make up for lost time.


Such is Rachel Griffiths’ energy in the title role that you spend the first third of this Welsh sitcom trying to suppress the unavoidable truth, that it’s as sorry a mess as its director’s diabolical debut, Mad Cows. Faced with a script that lacks any wit, warmth or charm, Griffiths heroically strives to inhabit the clumsy, daydreaming daughter of an opera-singing baker (Pryce - who does his best work in the movie after his character is paralysed by a stroke).

But her behaviour grows increasingly implausible once she becomes besotted with buying her own home and raising funds to send her sick pal to Disneyland. The low point is unquestionably the Cardiff talent contest, although there’s not much to be said for Gruffudd’s romantic lead and Matthew Rhys’ OTT cameo, either.