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An Everlasting Piece
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Oct 9, 2004 By: Dr. Drew
An Everlasting Piece order
Director:
Barry Levinson

Actors:
Barry McEvoy
Brian F. O'Byrne
Billy Connolly

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Set in Northern Ireland during the tumultuous and violent 1980s, two barbers find themselves in the middle of a devious scheme to take over a profitable toupee business. Trouble is, theyve got to find a way to outsell the competition and avoid getting killed by the IRA at the same time.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
A damn fine comedy if I do say so myself. While you shouldnt go in expecting to get bowled over by the laughs, this movie does a nice job of slapping together plenty of clever scenes which leave you chuckling and smiling at the kooky antics of our two barbers. Its a flick which follows in the similar veins of other Brit comedies like FOUR WEDDINGS and THE FULLY MONTY and while Im not exactly the biggest fan of the genre, this one was a pleasant surprise. The characters are all extremely colorful, swear like drunken sailors (nothing like and Irishman cussing up a storm!) and spend most of the movie bickering and fighting which basically translates into some pretty funny times. While it markets itself as a comedy, the movie does carry a greater political message and thats where it scores its biggest points. We get glimpses into the heart of Ireland and the turmoil within the country during that difficult time. Working with fine direction and cinematography, pay close attention to the murals and streets which ultimately deliver some pretty powerful visuals to the home viewers. With a few pints of Guinness in hand, this ones a fun little movie which will send most people home happy. Worth a look.
THE EXTRAS
Given how little the flick made at the box office and how limited its North American release was, its understandable that the studio didnt go all out for the disc. The disc includes the movies original theatrical trailer as well as some decent production notesbut thats about it. On a positive note, the DVDs menus feature terrific animation and sound.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If youre tired of all the repetitive and formulaic comedies that have been hitting theatres as of late (that is, all your Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy vehicles or anything else that features a one-two punch of dick and fart jokes), be sure to give this great little movie a look. While its short on extras, it makes for a superb little rental.
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