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The Snapper 1993

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4.0 out of 5 stars (82) IMDb 7.2/10

One little secret is about to cause a big, big commotion in this hilariously funny hit comedy that has everyone talking! When the oldest daughter of a riotous, close-knit family announces her unexpected pregnancy, everyone wants to know who fathered the "snapper" she's carrying.

Starring:
Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Genres Drama, International, Comedy
Director Stephen Frears
Starring Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher
Supporting actors Ruth McCabe, Eanna MacLiam, Peter Rowen, Joanne Gerrard, Colm O'Byrne, Ciara Duffy, Fionnuala Murphy, Deirdre O'Brien, Karen Woodley, Pat Laffan, Virginia Cole, Denis Menton, Brendan Gleeson, Ronan Wilmot, Stuart Dunne, Dylan Tighe, Caroline Boyle, Jennifer Kelly
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 20, 2004
Format: DVD
Soon after a wild night at the pub, twenty-year-old Sharon Curley (Tina Kellegher) finds herself expecting a little "snapper" by a man she loathes. Her refusal to name the father sets in motion a family drama involving her three brothers, two sisters, and her parents, along with her employers and all her friends. Kellegher, playing the role as a coarse, earthy, yet remarkably sensible young woman (with the exception of her excessive drinking during her pregnancy) soon discovers who her friends really are, as some people tease and torment her, some make remarks to her siblings, some force her father to take direct action in her defense, and all spread gossip.

Des Curley (Colm Meaney), Sharon's father, shows the whole world in his face, his emotions ranging from outrage toward Sharon for embarrassing the family to tender concern as her time draws near. As the eight-member family trips all over each other emotionally (ironically symbolized in their battles for the one bathroom, often occupied by Sharon), the tensions within the family grow more intense. Widespread speculation about who the father is disrupts the neighborhood, with some hotheads visiting their own brand of justice on the Curleys. The arrival of the baby offers a chance at resolution.

Often very funny and equally often very touching, the film features actors who do not act like actors, appearing to be grounded in the very neighborhood they inhabit in the film. With the pub as social center, we see the characters' lifestyles and mores--their attitudes toward sex and childbirth, their "escapes" from the workday, their daily amusements and sense of humor, and their lack of concern with the dogma of the church.
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Based on the second book in Roddy Doyle's Dublin trilogy, The Snapper is a wickedly funny glimpse into the lives of a working class Irish family. The eldest daughter of a large family becomes pregnant and refuses to name the father. Not your traditional comic premise, but in this case it works beautifully. The characters are fully developed and presented in such a manner that you care deeply about them, and experience their pain as well as their joy. Veteran actor Colm Meaney (Star Trek DS9), who appears in the other two films that make up the trilogy (The Commitments and The Van), masterfully carries the story as the father of the unruly brood. He comes across as a good man who tries to do the right thing and loves his family, but is painfully human at every turn. The rest of the cast is mostly unknown but very believable and capable. I highly recommend this film (and the books, too). It may be the closest you ever get to Dublin without actually crossing the Atlantic.
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No other film has ever captured the zeitgeist of Irish life as well as the snapper. Roddy Doyle was teaching in a North Dublin working class school when he wrote this book. Much of the dialoge that you hear in the film is directly out of the mouths of his students.
What you see in this film is as close as an outsider is ever likely to come to an understanding of working class Irish life. The unmarried daughter giving birth accounts for 1 in four of all children born today in Ireland. This is as real a situation as you can have. The language, the wit, the sarcasm and the lifestyle are all iminently recognised by Irish people as being true to daily life.
The bonus of the Snapper is that you get a bellyaching laugh at the same time. There are few films as funny as this.
Absolutely brilliant!
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This review is an excerpt from my book "Killer B's: The 237 Best Movies On Video You've (Probably) Never Seen," which is available as an ebook on Amazon. If you enjoy this review, there are 236 more like it in the book (plus a whole lot more). Check it out!

THE SNAPPER: Father Knows Best? No, more like Da Knows Sweet [expletive deleted]-All. But it is an affectionate father-daughter story, effervescent and sparkling, bubbling with witty dialog and lively delivery. Poor, set-upon Dessi, trying to hold things together while attempting to cope with a house full of kids, defend Sharon's honor, and be a responsible surrogate father even though all the rules have changed since his day--and even though he's surrounded by smart, strong-willed women. And on the verge of becoming a grandfather himself! "A man needs a pint after all that," he sighs. Amen.

Meaney is the pivot of the film and has never been better, displaying a real flair for comedy while running the gamut of emotions as the well-meaning but confused Dessi. The film is enormously entertaining, and its humor springs from all the appropriate sources: character, situation and life itself. It's a sweet treat, full of tart-tongued lines, the humor of truth, and a huge helping of heart. Add in a virtual thesaurus of slang ("she's up a pole") and lyrical accents thick enough to walk a spoon on (as they say of Irish tea), and you've got a winner, full of true humor and affectionate relations.
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[Minor Spoilers] Cinematic father-daughter bonds don't come much stronger and sweeter than this. "Sharon" (Tina Kellegher), only 20 years old, though her Dad, "Desi" (Colm Meaney), thought she was 19 (LOL), has unexpectedly found herself "in the family way," turning her big family's lives upside down. Of course, understandably, her parents aren't happy (at first), and upon hearing the news at a family meeting, one of her little brothers even amusingly says, "Is that all?" The whole family, however, has to endure some of the repercussions of Sharon's questionable choice (verbal abuse from friends and neighbors), as well as her reluctance to reveal the father, but what permeates through it all is a strong sense of family, love, laughter, and ultimately forgiveness. Although a little rough around the edges (some unnecessary bad language and Sharon's constant drinking while expecting, which is a surprisingly irresponsible oversight by the filmmakers, not to mention a DVD transfer that's barely better than VHS), this one shouldn't be missed, including that touching final scene and background music just before the credits, which gets me every time. [Suggestion: Watch with English subtitles to help with the Irish lingo and enhance the movie as a whole.]
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