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Awesome: 14.29%
Worth A Look32.14%
Average: 25%
Pretty Bad: 3.57%
Total Crap: 25%

2 reviews, 16 user ratings

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Craic, The
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by Chris Ashmore

"Was The Craic a good time? Only just."
3 stars

I really wanted this film to work, to be hilarious throughout…but it fell short.

Fergus (Jimeoin) and Wesley (Alan McKee) flee to Australia in 1988 from the Troubles of Ireland only to find that Colin (Robert Morgan), an Irish thug, has followed them to settle a score. It’s biographical in parts, like when Fergus lands a spot on a cupid gameshow, The Meet Market, a parody of Jimeoin’s appearance on Perfect Match. World backpackers will relate to this yarn warmly, as the two larrikins battle their way around the country with stuff-all money. They meet chicks, they surf, and work on a fruit farm while running from immigration authorities.

The Craic, meaning a good time, is just that, but not a hilariously great time. There are plenty of laughs, with Jimeoinesque inquisitive humour. It’s an Aussie film with typical Aussie subtleties that American or even British audiences will find difficult to understand. Actually, Aussie audiences will get a kick out of “Bud” Tingwall’s ocker character as the fruit farm owner.

It’s a very laid back film, maybe even too laid back for my liking. I’d wait for this to come out on video.

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originally posted: 05/31/99 14:39:23
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User Comments

12/21/08 Shaun Wallner Thought this was a good film. 4 stars
11/23/06 andy jimeoin is as funny as a root canal 1 stars
10/24/05 Mike H a pointless exercise - avoid at all costs 1 stars
1/17/05 Elliot Rhodes Put some pants on man. 1 stars
1/14/05 Osto Jimsoin's love of himself is palpable in every frame. 1 stars
1/20/04 dave i thought it was a blast-but then Ive been to Oz... 4 stars
12/01/03 kayleigh funny as 5 stars
11/10/03 dookie this film is a classic (IR3LAND RuLe$ 5 stars
11/02/03 Maryan shit film, can't even understand half of it 1 stars
10/18/03 mums dildo diss film is gay, just like it's cast 1 stars
4/20/03 colleen the film was great......cant wait to see it again 5 stars
9/14/01 shane nicholls good fun 3 stars
11/01/00 Natalie Jimeoin is a great comedian and it shows in the Craic. 5 stars
6/21/99 rick lee lame 2 stars
4/30/99 pussy galore none 4 stars
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Directed by
  Ted Emery

Written by

  Alan McKee
  Robert Morgan
  Colin Hay
  Jane Hall
  Catherine Arena

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