Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday's Forgotten Film: Waking Ned Devine

Top o' the mornin' to ya! I'm getting my Irish on this week, and this week's Tuesday's Forgotten Film reflects this. Today I discuss the 1998 film Waking Ned Devine.

The film is set in a rural Irish town where all the local folk play the lottery regularly. One day one of them, the titular Ned Devine, finally gets lucky and wins it all--then promptly dies from the shock of it. Two of the senior residents plot to have someone pose as the late Mr. Devine to collect the winnings and then divide them evenly among the town populace. As you can imagine, the task proves much more difficult than expected.

The movie plays up the stereotypical happy-go-lucky Irish townsfolk image--In The Name of the Father this ain't--but the movie is thoroughly enjoyable and funny, which is exactly what it intends to be. The film is currently available on Amazon streaming video, and possibly on Netflix as well.

Here is the film's trailer. Enjoy, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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