|The Most Fertile Man in Ireland|
The religious-political context is the only thing that makes this goofy comedy interesting. Otherwise it's an engagingly cartoonish film, with stereotypical characters and a colourful and zany production design. The problem is that it's not particularly well filmed or edited; Appleton has a nice eye for visual wackiness, but not much of a clue what to do with it. Some segments are so badly handled that we haven't a clue what just happened, while others have a kind of sublime quirky sweetness to them that lingers in the mind. The cast is good, although they're stuck in comedy sketch characters that never generate any real emotional resonance, which is a problem in a romantic comedy. And there are logistical problems, not just the comical approach to the Troubles (which is actually refreshing) but in the simple fact that Rosie seems to be the only person in the Six Counties who doesn't know what Eamonn does for a living! At least the filmmakers resist the obvious sight-gag at the end (you'll know what I mean). But they shouldn't have resisted the sex. I mean, if you're going to make a comedy about sperm, you shouldn't make a film as deeply unsexy and prudish as this.
dir Dudi Appleton|
scr Jim Keeble
with Kris Marshall, Kathy Keira Clarke, James Nesbitt, Bronagh Gallagher, Olivia Nash, Kenneth Cranham, Toyah Willcox, Pauline McLynn, Tara Lynne O'Neill, Marc O'Shea, Harry Towb, Alvaro Lucchesi
release UK 20.Jun.03
Doing his part: Kris Marshall.
|Alison Gentry, UK: "I have only recently seen this film but did find it reasonably funny. It was a relief to watch a film that was light-hearted & didn't contain blood, gore & sex in nearly every scene, even though it was about sex! Having read some other reviews regarding this film, I do agree that it comes across as low budget, but most critics seem to have forgotten how to watch a film for fun! I really enjoyed watching this film and if you are looking for a film that doean't involve using lots of brain power to watch it, then this is the film for you!" (2.Feb.04)|