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The story takes place in Barrytown, North Dublin in December of 1989. After just having received his pink-slip, Bimbo hits upon an idea: he'll buy a fish'n'chips van with his severance pay. His intrepid pal Weslie unearths a van at a reasonable price and Bimbo has his premises. It is dangerous, disgusting, beyond filthy and "like the inside of a leper," says Bimbo, but it does have four wheels and an engine. Bimbo offers to make Larry, his oldest and closest friend (and a fully paid member of the unemployed), a partner. Despite hair-raising encounters with hostile customers and supercilious officials, the van is an instant success. But as business prospers, their friendship falters. Their uneasy relationship produces only mutual resentment and it threatens to turn violent; and an unhappy Bimbo makes a quixotic last bid, desperate, drunken - and daft - to put things back the way they were.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 21
- Fresh: 8
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: This third movie from novelist Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy is as good-natured as The Commitments and The Snapper but far less consistent.
Absolutely Hilarious! If you liked The Commitments then this is for you. Another movie based on Roddy Doyle's book The Barrytown Trilogy and a great Clapton instrumental at the end. Also in the series is The Snapper. If you're not Irish then you may miss some of the colloquialisms but it is great stuff and well worth a rent.
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This is Roddy Doyle's great literature trilogy beginning with The Commitments. Read the book first. Doyle has the greatest ear for dialog since Terry Southern. There film is for those that enjoy small victories. I say check it out.