Don Cheadle as FBI agent Wendell Everett and Brendan Gleeson as Sgt. Gerry Boyle star in The Guard.

Toughen up for this smart-talking Irish comedy

The Vernon Film Society has one of our most diverse fall seasons yet, with the next movie being The Guard.

The Vernon Film Society has one of our most diverse fall seasons yet, with the next movie being The Guard.

This is a lively comedy-thriller set in Connemara, Ireland. Surprisingly, one the main characters is played by American Don Cheadle.

He is the uptight federal agent Wendell Everett, an African American Ivy League graduate and Rhodes scholar. His foil is Boyle (Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges) who is a slobbish, eccentric, boozy member of the Irish Police (Garda).

They come together after a rare murder in the area is found to have connections to an international cocaine trafficking ring.

Oddly enough, the drug dealing villains discuss philosophy as they drive through the night. Boyle and his dying mother discuss Russian literature, while other characters from both sides of the law ruminate on movies with numbers for titles and authors and philosophers, all accompanied by the music of Chet Baker.

This is an Irish comedy thriller with a difference. The smart script writer and director John Michael McDonagh takes viewers for a ride through a very different Ireland from what we usually see.

As one reviewer states, The Guard is “great fun when taken in the right spirit, which would be Old Paddy with a Guinness chaser.”

The Guard will be shown at the Towne Cinema Monday at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and one week ahead at the theatre and the Bean Scene for $7. The film is rated R for pervasive language, some violence, drug material, and sexual content.


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