St. Patrick’s Day is just under a week away, and the Irish pubs are already beckoning. Well, their alluring whiskey calls year round, but the holiday basically justifies your indulgence. Looking for a celebratory idea? Why not throw a movie night? Stock up on Guiness, bust out that obnoxiously green sweater you wear once a year, and move these colorful flicks to the top o’ your queue.
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5. “The Departed”
The 1993 horror comedy falls into the so-bad-its-good category. Actually, it may merely be bad, but to be fair it does elicit some hearty laughs, albeit largely unintentional. It remains unclear which is more surprising, that Jennifer Aniston starred in the first film or that six of these flicks were made. The box set is dubbed the “Pot of Gore Collection,” which sort of sums up the series.
3. “The Boondock Saints”
Brimming with Irish accents, underdog vigilantes, and liquor, “The Boondock Saints” will start your St. Patty’s Day off with a bang. Set in (you guessed it) Botson, the MacManus brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus) offer the epitome of St. Patrick’s flicks: the tale begins in a Catholic church, and then the boys hit the pub for St. Patty’s revelry. Well-acted, stereotypically Irish, and intellectually stimulating “The Boondock Saints” is a masterful cinematic piece. Avoid the sequel.
Guy Ritchie’s zany action comedy may actually be set in England, but the so-called pikey community (Irish gypsies) play prominently into the plot. Moreover, any excuse to pop this in the Blu-Ray player is welcome. Brad Pitt portrays Mickey, a pikey bare-knuckle boxer who at times is barely understandable. The DVD actually features pikey subtitles, which help viewers understand Pitt’s rapid-fire slang and difficult to decipher accent.
1. “Waking Ned Devine”
The Irish setting helps this comedy make the list but the hilarity boosts it to the top. Kirk Jones’ clever film revolves around an Irish National Lottery winner, the titular Ned Devine (Jimmy Keogh). Finding Devine dead, the village unites to solve the predicament of claiming the funds, seeing as the winner…well, can’t. Funny, charming, and brilliantly acted it’s sure to assuage the St. Patty’s day fervor.