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Irish Jam
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03.28.2006 By: Jason Adams
Irish Jam order
Director:
John Eyres

Actors:
Eddie Griffin
Anna Friel
Monique

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Hmmm, let’s see…which racial fish-out-of-water story hasn’t been exploited yet? Ooh, I know!!! Let’s put a stereotypical black person in olde Ireland! Genius!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Reviewing DVDs is a sweet gig, except when the movie you’re watching is so awful that it physically hurts you to even look at the screen. But did I eject IRISH JAM from my DVD player and bury it deep underground where no one could find it? No, I suffered through it for you, my fellow Schmoes, so you wouldn’t have to. And no exaggeration: I did not laugh one time during this cinematic atrocity—not a single chuckle, not a sporadic giggle, not even the hint of a smile formed on my face.

I enjoyed Eddie Griffin in UNDERCOVER BROTHER, but the man is just dead, unfunny weight here. Anna Friel is easy on the eyes and obviously tries hard with the script she’s given, which is unfortunately a recycled bowel movement smeared on paper. And I don’t know who this Monique lady is, but she is absolutely terrifying. I would flee the country too if she was looking for me.

To back up my rather harsh claims, here’s a list of things the filmmakers expect you to find funny:
  • Old Irish people dress “gangsta” and speak ebonics! (It was so funny in BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE!)
  • Old Japanese people dress “gangsta” and speak ebonics!
  • Eddie Griffin accidentally eats a cockroach!
  • Someone insinuates Eddie Griffin has a small penis!
  • Someone splits his pants and you can actually see his undergarments!
  • People have a food fight! (The food gets everywhere…who’s going to clean it all up?!?)
If that’s not bad enough, IRISH JAM also has one of the most laughable and unbelievable romantic subplots ever. Even worse, it tries very hard to be a heartwarming family film, but when Eddie Griffin is the emotional center…well, you can imagine how that works out. I give it a full star for the two scenes where Griffin’s character gets beat up.
THE EXTRAS
Interview with Eddie Griffin (3:27): Griffin talks about his first “dramatic” role, makes fun of his old Irish costars for being “strange looking,” and then calls IRISH JAM “a movie for the entire family.” That’s true, if you hate your loved ones and want them to suffer for 90 minutes.

It’s not over yet. No, you also get a Theatrical Trailer and Previews for more shite.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
IRISH JAM is a straight up bad movie. And not the kind of bad movie that can be fun to watch. Avoid this DVD like you would Courtney Love at an orgy.
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