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The Snapper

Stephen Frears directs this dramedy about a working-class Dublin family that's thrown into chaos when they learn that daughter Sharon (Tina Kellegher) is pregnant. But by choosing not to reveal the identity of the father, Sharon becomes the target of rampant gossip. Colm Meaney co-stars in this adaptation of the book from Irish author Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy, which also includes The Commitments and The Van.
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NYT Review
Unmarried pregnant daughter won't tell her working-class Irish family who the father is. Joyful lark. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 97%
Critics' score: 97   Audience score: 84   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Casting and playing are uniformly tops, with special praise for Fionnuala Murphy as Kellegher's best pal, Ruth McCabe as the quiet, long-suffering mom, and the five kids as her loopy brothers and sisters. full review

Derek Elley, Variety

Better-than-average sitcom stuff, enhanced by the lively performances, Doyle's own adaptation, and the able direction of Stephen Frears. full review

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

A small, joyful lark of a film. full review

Charles Hagen, New York Times

This rip-roaring Irish comedy is the freshest surprise of the season.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

The marriage of humor and drama is admittedly imperfect, but it works well enough to occasionally spawn laughter and touch the heart, and there's a crucial scene between Colm Meaney and Tina Kellegher that is beautifully written, acted, and directed. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The Snapper sees its characters with warmth and acceptance, and earns its laughs by being wise about human nature. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Stephen Frear's The Snapper hits the spot nicely, if your spot likes hearty rounds of working-class comedy. full review

Desson Thomson, Washington Post
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  • Release Year: 1993
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Available From: Aug 10, 2011
  • Queued by: 434 people
Directed By
Stephen Frears
Cast
Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher, Ruth McCabe, Eanna MacLiam, Peter Rowan, Joanne Gerrard, Colm O'Byrne, Ciara Duffy
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