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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Brendan O'Carroll

Jennifer Gibney
Danny O'Carroll
Paddy Houlihan
Robert Bathurst.
Directors
Ben Kellett.
Screenwriters
Running Time
94 minutes

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Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie
Dublin Impact


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Plot
When Agnes Brown’s market stall, a long-held family tradition, is threatened by a group of property developers in league with Russian thugs, she swings into action.


Review
Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie

One of the four horsemen of the cinematic apocalypse, along with Keith Lemon The Film, Postman Pat: The Movie and The Harry Hill Movie, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie is the big-screen version of Brendan O’Carroll’s phenomenally successful BBC sitcom, so much so it’s essentially a straight transfer of that show’s formula. So expect jokes that aren’t just on the nose, they are the nose; expect the ever-committed O’Carroll (who wrote the screenplay and stars as the eponymous haughty Dublin matriarch) to mug and goof around and break the fourth wall; expect an avalanche of schoolboy-level rudeness; cloying, cynical, redemptive sentiment to sugar the sourness; and a litany of dreadful, hastily sketched Irish stere o’types.

If the TV show itself leaves you cold, move along, there’s nothing here for you. At times almost avant-garde in its commitment to unfunny, it’s shambolically performed by the majority of its cast, some of whom are so bad you can imagine them getting a treat after each successful negotiation of a line or a prop, and shot and edited in a fashion so slapdash it seems like a movie made almost entirely by competition winners.

An early attempt to open the film out from the show’s stage-bound identity, in the form of the least enthusiastic musical number in the history of movies, fails badly. Action scenes, a natural result of the desire to broaden the scope, are flat and amateurish. And any jokes that are even vaguely clever - Mrs Brown jumps into the Liffey and emerges bone-dry; she’s told to dress up as a man, and O’Carroll casts a wry glance at the camera - are pounded into the ground until any cleverness is beaten out of them. There’s no energy, no vim, no vigour - the pace is off from the beginning, almost as if O’Carroll and director Ben Kellett forgot to trim the pauses sitcom actors normally leave for the laughter.

In fact, in its wholehearted commitment to jokes so bad you can almost hear the snap of the Christmas cracker opening before they’re read out, along with the various scenes of cast members corpsing at its star’s antics, or an extraordinarily self-aggrandising screenplay that frequently pauses the plot so characters can tell Mrs Brown - who is actually a truly dreadful human being; venal, vulgar and vituperative - how great she is, it’s nothing less than the Irish equivalent of The Love Guru.

Nowhere is this demonstrated more than in O’Carroll’s frankly baffling decision to go full Mike Myers and play two roles, turning up as the Chinese head of a school for blind ninja (a discipline which is, of course, Japanese) with the sort of pinched eyes and full-on Mickey Rooney-in-Breakfast At Tiffany’s accent that has to be - has to be - an ironic comment on white guys who play Chinese characters with pinched eyes and full-on Mickey Rooney-in-Breakfast At Tiffany’s accents. But before you get the wrong idea, at the very end there’s an impassioned and deeply cynical speech about how Dublin life has been enriched by immigrants over the years. So that’s alright, then.

Naturally, it made almost as much in its opening weekend as Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa did in its entire run. If the hills aren’t already filled with people hiding out after Keith Lemon, Harry Hill and Postman Pat, start running for them now.


Verdict
D’horror, d’horror.


Reviewed by Chris Hewitt

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Empire, can you please make more of an effort to reach a larger percentage of the british public so that this doesnt happen again? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts- 28210413 ... More

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Posted by sleepwalker at 16:37, 08 July 2014 | Report This Post


Love it & proud!

Mrs Brown's Boys is one of the most popular shows to come of BBC in recent times, so I was eagerly anticipating the release of its film edition. It came as a surprise, a positive one, to see it debut at the Number 1 position in the UK charts, and rake in more cash than "The Inbetweeners Movie". Selling over 5mn DVDs is no mean feat for the show and the official DVD release is slated to be this October, so I can imagine the quick-sells there too actually, as often "very British" films are ... More

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Posted by osmianannya at 04:20, 06 July 2014 | Report This Post


RE: If you like the TV series

L: odddaze L: bretty Come on Empire, a "tragic" rating? Honestly? It is indeed a lift from the series and has the silly behaviour you would expect, but a lot funnier than the Partridge film and the audience I was in were laughing. A lot. No classic and maybe borderline between two and three stars, but a one star review appears to be a bit of a sneer at a film that refuses to take itself seriously. lot funnier than Partridge? I couldn't stop laughing at Alpha Papa long ... More

Posted by elab49 at 10:15, 03 July 2014 | Report This Post


Fussy eaters

Dere's more to Oireland dan dis ... More

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Posted by millsandrew1 at 07:02, 03 July 2014 | Report This Post


6 Days??????

It took Empire 6 days to publish this review! Why? My partner loves the TV series I am usually mildly entertained by it. I knew when this came out he would want to see it. So I put on my best poker face sat down with a thinly painted smile and .................LAUGHED! That's right I laughed. Not the belly ache laughs that marks a real classic funny movie, some of it was damn silly and yes some of the jokes fell flat. But when the comedy hit the mark it really hit it. Sure it was a little schma... More

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Posted by kittybinks at 22:05, 02 July 2014 | Report This Post


This is giving me flashbacks like I was in a war!!!

I came out of the international premier of "We'll never have Paris" to phone my parents who told me that they where seeing "Mrs.Brown's Boys - D'Movie". Seeing this as a reason to stay in Edinburgh longer, a free films plus a free ride home, I went to see it and My god, do I regret the minutes of my life that I will never get back because of this movie!!!! Its just awful, all round awful!!!! The jokes are terrible and going to the point of racism and was it just me or did... More

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Posted by scottyb100 at 17:54, 02 July 2014 | Report This Post


Nice to read a like-minded review

I agree with everything this reviewer has said. The only change I would make would be to change the title of the review to "lowest common d'nominator". I wish I could give less than one star to this film. ... More

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Posted by Mitchan at 17:18, 02 July 2014 | Report This Post


Not as good as the TV series

The thing that makes the TV series so funny is that when the audience laughs it encourages us to laugh. It makes things funnier than they probably are. I went expecting to be in tears of laughter (as did my family) however we only laughed every now and then. It was more focused on a storyline with a couple of gags in it and no-one was in fits of giggles. We actually laughed more at the advert for The Inbetweeners 2. The movie was quite long winded but applause for them to transfer the layo... More

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Posted by Mizz_RMH at 15:51, 02 July 2014 | Report This Post


RE: If you like the TV series

L: bretty Come on Empire, a "tragic" rating? Honestly? It is indeed a lift from the series and has the silly behaviour you would expect, but a lot funnier than the Partridge film and the audience I was in were laughing. A lot. No classic and maybe borderline between two and three stars, but a one star review appears to be a bit of a sneer at a film that refuses to take itself seriously. lot funnier than Partridge? I couldn't stop laughing at Alpha Papa long after I left the cin... More

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Posted by odddaze at 15:38, 02 July 2014 | Report This Post


If you like the TV series

Come on Empire, a "tragic" rating? Honestly? It is indeed a lift from the series and has the silly behaviour you would expect, but a lot funnier than the Partridge film and the audience I was in were laughing. A lot. No classic and maybe borderline between two and three stars, but a one star review appears to be a bit of a sneer at a film that refuses to take itself seriously. ... More

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Posted by bretty at 08:53, 01 July 2014 | Report This Post


If you like the TV series

Come on Empire, a "tragic" rating? Honestly? It is indeed a lift from the series and has the silly behaviour you would expect, but a lot funnier than the Partridge film and the audience I was in were laughing. A lot. No classic and maybe borderline between two and three stars, but a one star review appears to be a bit of a sneer at a film that refuses to take itself seriously. ... More

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Posted by bretty at 08:53, 01 July 2014 | Report This Post


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