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The Most Fertile Man In Ireland Review

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Belfast boy Eamon has a sperm count off the chart and can impregnate even the most barren housewife, to the greedy glee of his dating agency colleague, Millicent.

★★★★★

A decent cast of Irish stalwarts can't disguise the slightness of this bawdy comedy.

Debutant director Dudi Appleton hurtles through the exposition, as it transpires that Belfast boy Eamon (Kris Marshall) has a sperm count off the chart and can impregnate even the most barren housewife, to the greedy glee of his dating agency colleague, Millicent (Bronagh Gallagher). But Eamon's passion for chaste undertaker's assistant Rosemary (Kathy Kiera Clarke) only slows proceedings before they go haywire again in a final burst of contrivance.

The most disappointing aspect is the waste of a potent subplot (centring on James Nesbitt's rabid Orangeman) about the Province's shifting demographic, that descends into a sight gag involving portraits of the Pope and the Queen when it might have given the frantic farce a much-needed satirical edge. Full of fumbling fun, but no finesse.

Full of fumbling fun, but no finesse