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The Young Offenders

  • Comedy
  • 2016
  • Peter Foott
  • 83 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy caper starring Chris Walley and Alex Murphy. A pair of Irish teenagers steal two bikes and set out to find a missing stash of cocaine worth millions. But, with a drug dealer and a vengeful police officer on their tails, can they find the goods and hold on to them long enough to escape their miserable home lives?

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

First-time writer/director Peter Foott makes as big an impact as his debuting leads in this hilarious Irish road movie about a couple of teenage bicycle thieves pedalling 100 miles across County Cork in the hope of making a quick killing with some beached cocaine. Inspired by a record narcotics seizure in 2007, the gleefully episodic caper follows dopey wasters Jock (Chris Walley) and Conor (Alex Murphy), as they seek to escape the former's abusive alcoholic father and the latter's nagging fishmonger mother. However, a dogged Garda sergeant (Dominic MacHale), some elusive chickens, a barbed wire fence and a club-footed, nail gun-wielding drug dealer stand between the boys and their dreams of living in a mansion with an English butler. Cinematographer Paddy Jordan lovingly captures the glorious scenery en route to Three Castle Head. But it's the bromantic banter between the hapless, but touchingly steadfast heroes and the moments of bleakly bruising slapstick that make this impeccably paced saga so genial and enjoyable.

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Credits

Cast

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Conor MacSweeneyAlex Murphy (2)
Jock MurphyChris Walley
Mairead MacSweneyHilary Rose
Sergeant HealyDominic MacHale
Billy MurphyShane Casey
FlynnCiaran Bermingham
Ray the drug dealerP J Gallagher
Jock's dadMichael Sands

Crew

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DirectorPeter Foott

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vertigo
Released on
2017-01-13
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes
Formats
Colour
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