Directed by: Stephen Frears
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom
Studio: 2 Entertain
Length: 91 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 2 November 2009
Cat No: BBCDVD3090
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Second part of Roddy Doyle’s ’Barrytown’ trilogy - preceded by ’The Commitments’ and followed by ’The Van’. Dessie Curley (Colm Meaney)... Read More
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.