When Brendan Met Trudy
(2000) from Tuna
When Brendan Met Trudy (2000) is a quirky romantic
Irish comedy from writer Roddy Doyle (The Commitments, The Snapper,
The Van), in which we finally learn how he writes such great
screenplays. He is a serious film buff. This comedy is full of film
clips, dialogue, and other homages to classic films.
Brendan (Peter McDonald) is a teacher, a film buff, and
a wimp. His chief entertainment is singing in the church choir. One
night after practice, he goes to the pub with the other members, but
stands by himself at the bar. He is chatted up by Trudy (Flora
Montgomery), who has personality, looks, and attitude. What he doesn't
know at the time is that she also has an atypical occupation -- she is
a burglar. When Trudy isn't working, she hangs around with a
politically radical crowd. The two hit it off, and become intimate.
Montgomery shows breasts in a lengthy sex and
post sex scene, and again in a long shot undressing. She also
shows bush in another undressing scene.
For the boy loses girl segment, Brendan has her to dinner with the
family. His sister is insulting, and Brendan doesn't come to her aid.
After he is arrested for trying to free one of her Nigerian friends
who is being deported, she agrees to take him back, but only if they
burgle the sisters house, and he shits on their rug.
region 4 and in Germany within region 2, but not in region 1.
I was not familiar with Flora Montgomery before this film, but she is
well worth seeing. She has been around and working steadily for about
five years, and this film should help her career. I enjoyed this film
a great deal. The offbeat humor, Montgomery's appeal, the great
performances, and the film references all resonated with me.
General consensus: a hair less than three
stars. Ebert 3/4, Berardinelli 3/4, BBC 3/5,
- with their dollars: it did fairly well in
limited distribution within the U.K. - close to a million
dollars on only 30 screens, but couldn't get started
anywhere else. Spain and the USA - about $125,000 each.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C+. For those who like off-beat
comedy, this is a must. For those who don't, it will probably
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