The Chaos of Life, Irish-Style

In a fine Stephen Frears comedy, a fractious family comes to terms with a daughter's unwanted pregnancy and with itself

We all make mistakes. But Sharon Curley's (Tina Kellegher) is a beaut. It's not just that in a careless, definitely not rapturous, moment she manages to get knocked up. It's that the man who bent her back over the hood of a car outside a pub one drunken night is old enough to be her father. Is, indeed, a friend of her father's. Is, in fact, George Burgess (Pat Laffan), who lives across the street and coaches the football team of one of her younger brothers. Is, incurably, an "ejit" (idiot in Dublin slang), the kind of old fool who mutters...

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