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The Guard

HD   R Closed Captioning

John Michael McDonagh

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About the Movie

Sergeant Gerry Boyle is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galway, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code. He has seen enough of the world to know there isn’t much to it and has had plenty of time to think about it. When a fellow police officer disappears and Boyle’s small town becomes key to a large drug trafficking investigation, he is forced to at least feign interest when dealing with the humorless FBI agent Wendell Everett assigned to the case. Left to run his territory to his liking for many years, he is not at all impressed when the FBI comes to town.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 127
  • Fresh: 120
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Crisp, acid-tongued and sharply acted, it's the sort of exercise in tangy Celtic cynicism that's become one of the Emerald Isle's most reliable imports. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Aug 19, 2011

Fresh: McDonagh's script is agile, darting between the ridiculous, the sage and the surprisingly sentimental. His love of language and the absurd has hints of the wisecracking Quentin Tarantino. But the story is decidedly more rooted in Ireland's loamy turf. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Aug 19, 2011

Fresh: There are few things finer in cinema than Brendan Gleeson's fat, happy face. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Aug 19, 2011

Fresh: "The Guard" is not the most original buddy-cop movie you'll see, but it well may be one of the most entertaining. – Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Aug 18, 2011

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Customer Reviews

A worthy investment of time and money

I'll have to concur with the rest. The reviews are spot on, so lay your money down and watch this piece. You will certainly not be disappointed. This piece was by far more grand than the typical Hollywood junk.

Well written, fast paced, memorable characters

Thick accents that'll test some but a refreshing film, dark, dark comedy.

Addressing the mixed reviews....

If you are Irish, or have lived in Ireland, this movie is extremely funny. The best humor in the film is directed toward local Irish stereotypes and mannerisms that you would have to have lived in to fully appreciate. Particularly the depth of small local "rivalries" from one area to another that would be lost on audiences outside of the country....Such as the constant references to girls from Dublin (as much of the country hates Dublin), or the references to Limerick (AKA- stab city because of the drugs and knife crime).... However, if you are not familiar with all these idiosyncrasies with in Ireland itself, I think the film would be horrible... My husband and I were rolling laughing, while our friends thought it was dark and not funny at all...I can definitely see why this was not released in many cities in the US, as I think 75% of the real humor is directed to the local audience in Ireland. Which is the explanation for the mix of rave reviews, and those who did not like it...Well acted and written, we certainly enjoyed it!

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2011

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