Divorcing Jack (1998) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|"Divorcing Jack" is a sometimes
hilarious, sometimes thrilling, sometimes touching story
about a journalist in big trouble in a scary environment.
David Thewlis stars as Dan Starkey, a perpetually drunk satire columnist for a Belfast newspaper. Not a low-risk job, by any means. The IRA terrorists are not generally well known for their ability to take a joke. In fact, nobody in Belfast seems to find anything in politics funny except Starkey.
|As the complex action begins, somehow, he's managed to pick up a really great looking student on his way home to a party. His wife doesn't really appreciate the interaction between Starkey and the student, and she kicks his butt out of the house, which of course force-kicks him squarely into the student's apartment.||
|And this is
no ordinary student. Her dad is an important
industrialist, and ex-boyfriend is a terrorist who is in
prison for several murders.
The columnist and the girlfriend get hungry after a bout of lovemaking, he goes out for pizza, and when he returns the apartment has been fragged and the girl has been brutally murdered. And he accidentally kills her mother when he thinks she is the escaping murderer.
So now he is the main suspect in a double murder.
And he doesn't have any friends in town. He has taken public potshots at the law enforcement officers, politicians, terrorists, and extremists on both sides. There isn't a Catholic or a Protestant in the whole country who cares whether Starkey goes to jail or, for that matter, to hell.
|I really like this
movie. I watch something like a thousand movies a year,
hoping to see ten that are worthwhile, and this is one of
It is fast-paced and it is a lot of different things. It is funny, it is a good thriller, it is touching, it is political, it even has stylized mob-type violence. It is about the pain of northern Ireland, and the cynics who exploit that pain. It is about love and betrayal, war and peace and fun.
And journalist Dan Starkey ends up the film by telling the Queen to go fuck herself. Ya gotta love that.
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