The Snapper DVD
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Directed by Stephen Frears
Produced in 1993
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Roddy Doyle’s follow-up to The Commitments is energetically adapted to the screen by director Stephen Frears in this witty, warm snapshot into the lives of the Curley family. The “snapper” of the title refers to unborn child of 20-year-old Sharon, whose family react in unexpected ways when the unplanned pregnancy is announced. Gossip about who the father is tears through their Dublin suburb, as the family try to cope with the life-changing news.
If this makes The Snapper sound like a grim kitchen sink drama, think again: Doyle’s script dispels any misery from the start, creating a bawdy drama packed with dry Irish humour - after just one minute in this wonderful family’s company the viewer will rooting for them all the way. Colm Meanie is terrific as the well-meaning paterfamilias, and was nominated for a Golden Globe, while Fionnuala Murphy as Sharon’s hilariously straightforward best friend deserves her own show. Resolutely unsentimental, even in the brilliantly played scene where the father tries to convince the daughter not to leave home, this is one of the sharpest and funniest comedies of the 1990s.
Alex Davidson on 30th September 2009
Author of 231 reviews
Dessie Curley (Colm Meaney) is a plasterer and, yes, likes getting plastered. With his wife Kay (Ruth McCabe), he rules over six lively children, one of whom, Sharon (Tina Kellegher), announces that she is pregnant. The family don't believe her story that the dad is a Spanish sailor, and suspicion falls upon a neighbour who is just about to leave his wife. Set in the suburbs of Dublin, this was made for television but given a cinematic release after the success of 'The Commitments', which was also adapted from a Roddy Doyle novel.
Publisher: 2 Entertain
Length: 91 mins
Cat No: BBCDVD3090
Format: DVD Colour