In a rowdy little corner of Belfast, hapless young father Jimbo Reagan is having an unlucky week. Indebted to big-time gangster Mad Dog Flynn for $5,000, Jimbo decides to knock over the local fish market, only to find out post-robbery that it’s a front for Mad Dog’s illegal operations! On the lam with nowhere to turn, Jimbo holes up in a local antique shop and things go from bad to worse when he unwittingly takes five hostages. Shop manager Joe Maguire (Brendan Fraser) is one of these wrong-place-wrong-time hostages, but the situation proves to be serendipitous as Jimbo and Joe unearth encouraging discoveries about their intersecting pasts.
Shifting gears from weightier films like Hotel Rwanda and Reservation Road, Terry George entertains with this madcap Irish crime comedy rife with amusement. Brendan Fraser charms, and a colorful cast of character actors bring delightful energy and wit, including Dublin-born Colm Meany as crotchety Detective Inspector Weller and Scotsman David O’Hara as Flynn. –Paige Blake
Terry George (born December 20, 1952) is an Northern Irish screenwriter and director. Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, much of his film work (e.g. The Boxer, Some Mother’s Son, and In the Name of the Father) involves “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland.
He was nominated for two Oscars: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (1993; In the Name of the Father), and Best Writing, Original Screenplay (2004; Hotel Rwanda). On 26 February 2012, he received an Oscar in the live action short film category for The Shore.
George was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1971 he was arrested for suspicion of involvement with the terrorist Irish National Liberation Army (INLA). He later became involved with the Irish Republican Socialist Party. He was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison and was released in 1978 for good behavior. In 1981, he moved to New York City. He faced deportation proceedings but was allowed to remain in the United… read more