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by Chris Parry

"A gritty Irish Love Actually. No, you heard right..."
2 stars

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Colin Farrell, having unexpectedly made it huge in the US over the last two years, was always going to eventually be dragged back to Ireland to headline a local production. It's just a pity he chose one so utterly ill-prepared for a green light.

Lehiff (Farrell) is a complete bastard. As Intermission begins we see him chatting up a waitress, convincing her in barely a minute that maybe, just maybe, he's the love of her life. But rather than smack her on the lips with a kiss, he smacks her in the nose, empties the cash register and takes off with cops in pursuit. If this were an action film, this would have been a great opening scene. But it's not an action film at all. And it's not a romance. And it's only sometimes a comedy.

So what the hell is Intermission if it's not an action film, romance or comedy? It's gobshite.

"You shouldn't have pissed on my leg."

Lehiff is a thief being pursued by hard-as-nails detective Lynch) Colm Meaney), who is being considered for a reality TV show by a local news reporter. Meanwhile, John (Cillian Murphy) has broken up with his girlfriend (Kelly Macdonald) , who is dating a married bank manager, who has told his wife he wants a divorce, so she's decided to shag John's best mate - a guy who can't masturbate due to his incredibly low self esteem. Then there's a bus driver looking for the kid who threw a rock through his windscreen, and a kidnap/bank robbery subplot that is supposed to bring everyone together... and really, who gives a damn when everyone in the film is a complete and utter detestable bastard?

And they are. There isn't one single person here who isn't a messed up headcase, or a selfish bitch, or a lazy good-for-nothing slacker. Nobody has a single redeemable feature. Nobody.

"You stay right there, I'll go. There's a smell of infidelity in here."

We're supposed to get behind John in his pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, only no thinking person could ever want the girl to get stuck with this lump, especially when part of his plan involves having her held hostage by the psychopathic Lehiff. Frankly, the people these guys all end up with are the exact people they should be nowhere near, and the journey they go through to get what they want shows them to be nothing more than morons. All of them. Every single one. This is a film that simply needed another six months of rewrites, along with some advice to those behind it that maybe they need to pick a genre and run with it, rather than throwing together a bunch of amusing scenes and trying to find a way to make them flow.

That said, there are some funny moments in Intermission, and Farrell certainly does chew the scenery when he's on screen. But for my money, that simply isn't enough to warrant a ticket purchase. The final product is simply far too scattershot to stay in your mind beyond the running time.

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User Comments

8/24/11 hurdygurdy man Scattered effort. Watch only if pickings slim ...make sure to turn on CC. 3 stars
10/04/06 Baldeadly It was good but not Great a little let down. 4 stars
6/26/05 Steve Newman If you can get used to the accents - the films great. Lots of twists and its fun 4 stars
7/11/04 Raymond Excellent movie 5 stars
6/05/04 john bale Half way through you realise its a terrific film. Pulp fiction meets Love Actually in Eire 5 stars
6/05/04 john wow, fun, funny too 5 stars
5/29/04 Cameron Slick A dynamic juggle act of entertainment 4 stars
5/11/04 JERRY great 5 stars
3/20/04 Declan Very good movie, Colm Meaney is the star of the show. Best opening scene in a long time. 4 stars
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