Waking Ned Devine (1998)

PG   |    |  Comedy


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When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.


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  • Fionnula Flanagan stars as Annie O'Shea
  • David Kelly Stars as Michael O'Sullivan
  • Writer/director Kirk Jones
  • James Nesbitt stars as Pig Flynn
  • Susan Lynch stars as Maggie
  • Pig Finn & Maggie

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9 February 2004 | psmcdoug
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| Offbeat and Hilarious!
This is one of my all-time favorite movies, complete with belly-laughs galore! I've always been a fan of off-beat, less-than-commercial stuff that doesn't rely upon the standard comedy formulas-- there's no run-of-the-mill, cheap stereotype stuff; they don't do repetitive physical humor that gets one laugh for every ten tries; and the shallow, vulgar humor to which so many of us Americans have become accustomed is nowhere to be found. Waking Ned Devine caught me from the get-go, with the opening scene with the lottery and apple tart being my all-time favorite in movie history. The wry, offbeat, and somewhat dark humor is good stuff in my book, though I guess (from the looks of a previous review) it's not quite for everyone. It's been a while since I last saw the movie, but I still remember the pigs, intestines, the mad dash on the moped, Ned's dentures, mexican crisps, and the sea-bound telephone booth like I watched it yesterday! Then there's the funeral service, the wake, and the beautiful closing scenes, all of which add some good, clean emotion to the humor. I think I'll watch it again very soon!

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