Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
When Brendan Met Trudy (2001)
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That the title has a resonance with that of a popular movie is wholly intentional. A plethora of film references abounds in Roddy Doyle's first original screenplay, from the opening echo of "Sunset Boulevard" to the visual recollection of "The Searchers" at the end.

This Dublin comedy concerns Brendan, a studiously shy teacher (Peter McDonald), so immersed in film lore that almost every waking moment reminds him of something he has seen; and Trudy a bright, gregarious, free-willed girl (Flora Montgomery) he meets in a pub. In spite of their polarities and disastrous first steps together, a powerful attraction draws them close but takes a knock when Brendan suspects that on her mysterious nocturnal forays she is the balaclava-clad male castrator terrorising the city.

Their off-on relationship is further strained by the threatened deportation of a Nigerian friend (Maynard Eziashi) to an uncertain political future, with the result that Brendan is forced to shed part of his normally introverted persona.

This agreeable comedy is studded with clips and in-jokes for film buffs, some of which will be arcane except to the most dedicated follower. There are plenty of non-film related delights too, such as Trudy's sudden display of frantic waving and grinning while walking down a Dublin street. She is actually greeting a friend thousands of miles away via a wall-mounted webcam.

Under Kieron J Walsh's direction this is a sprightly 'odd couple' yarn brimming with sweet Irish charm.

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Director: Kieron J Walsh

Writer: Roddy Doyle

Stars: Peter McDonald, Flora Montgomery, Marie Mullen, Pauline McLynn, Don Wycherley, Maynard Eziashi, Eileen Walsh, Barry Cassin, Niall O'Brien

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Length: 95 minutes

Cinema: 25 May 2001

Country: UK/Ireland

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