The Butcher Boy (1997)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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The antisocial son of an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother grows up in 1960s Ireland.

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  • Eamonn Owens in The Butcher Boy (1997)
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  • Stephen Rea in The Butcher Boy (1997)
  • Eamonn Owens in The Butcher Boy (1997)
  • Eamonn Owens in The Butcher Boy (1997)
  • Stephen Rea and Eamonn Owens in The Butcher Boy (1997)

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30 May 1999 | Quag7
Brilliant. Simply, brilliant.
Just caught this movie on cable; I hadn't heard of it before.

It is a brilliant film; black comedy of the blackest sort. What is truly amazing is the acting ability of lead Eamonn Owens; in my mind the finest performance of a kid his age that I've ever seen.

The sardonic humor of this film, the way it treats such horrible things as lightly as it does, the acting, the script, the quaint narrative devices, and sense of menace cloaked in charming small town Irish life make this a thoroughly original and engaging character study.

Sinead O'Connor is a scream as the Virgin Mary.

The thick accents in this film make it a little bit difficult to follow in parts, but American audiences should still be able to understand most of the dialogue.

I cannot recommend this film highly enough; it is proof that you can still make a quality movie without buying into cheap Hollywood cliches.

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