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Anjelica Huston meant only to direct this working-class fairy tale, but took on the titular role when the original lead dropped out. Adapted from stand-up comic Brendan O'Carrol's first novel, The Mammy, the story of Agnes Browne takes place in 1960s Dublin, where the newly widowed Browne bravely deals with too little money and too many (seven) kids. She's supported through her troubles by her best friend (Marion O'Dwyer); a goofy-faced, adoring French baker (Arno Chevrier); the aforementioned brood--and her dream of one day meeting Tom Jones (materializing conveniently to belt out "She's a Lady"). Ray Winstone (superb in Gary Oldman's Nil by Mouth) plays local loan shark as nasty ogre, the one rotten spot in a neighborhood so whimsically benign it makes Capra's Bedford Falls look downright unfriendly.
Having grown up in Galway, Huston should be no stranger to Gaelic life. And her first film, Bastard Out of Carolina, showed a willingness to plumb the darkest recesses of the human heart. But Agnes Browne, all unearned sweetness and light, is feel-good soap opera tricked up as an Irishwoman's "feminist" bid for independence. Too often, Huston generates smiles out of quaint-Irish caricature: giggling over "organisms"--orgasms!--Agnes and her benighted pal later wonder whether breast cancer comes from having had two in a lifetime. After a surfeit of "Jaysuses" and pub sing-alongs, you yearn for the sharp comedy of Roddy Doyle's reality-based Dublin stories, such as The Snapper or The Commitments. If you fell for the ethnic hilarity of Waking Ned Devine, you'll love Agnes Browne's Hollywood hokum about an Ireland that never was. --Kathleen Murphy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent story line, but too much strong langauge.A greqat story about two really good friends.Published 13 months ago by Chevy Smith
My husband and myselft both enjoyed the story line but found it had to understand the accents at times.
Angela Huston did and excellent job .
It was well acted. It gave the whole store in one movie of Mrs Browns Boys. Loved it very much.Published on Oct. 3 2013 by Diane
What a great movie! It really depicts life as it is and to watch how the community goes through the good and bad times when they live on limited means. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2013 by Rhonda Evans
i first bought this as a video years ago, but i gave it to someone , and never got it back,i came here (to nz ) 47yrs. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2013 by helen
I saw this movie on tape ,from a very late night t v movie, on the showcase channel, we borrowed it from a friend who taped it , and watched it every night for a week, we related... Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by James L. Crawley
I was watching the movie on the WE network and just had to order the DVD. This was fabulously done and a real "must see" by those
seeking tounge-in-cheek romantic... Read more