The Young Offenders
Director: Peter Foott
Cast: Hilary Rose, Chris Walley, Ciaran Bermingham
Country of Origin: Ireland 2016 83 mins. (15)
Winner Best Irish Feature Galway Film Fleadh, Best Feature LA Comedy Festival
Released by Wildcard Distribution
Half way up either side Dartmoor hair cuts with the rest perched on top, gold signet rings, neck chains, an earring and bum fluff on the upper lip all dropped into a track suit and hoodie and you've got 15-year-old Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) and his pal Jock (Chris Walley), two lads from inner city Cork, little and large on bikes with hesitant one-liners that could even bring a smile to Murphy's face.
Schools's not their thing. Conor helps his mother Mairead (Hiliary Rose) on the fish stall, and Jock steals bikes. When 7 million Euros of cocaine is washed up on the Kerry coast, the lads have an idea to get rich. On stolen bikes they're off to Kerry with Sergeant Healy (Dominic MacHale) in hot pursuit and this Garda won't give up. He's on a pedal and punish mission. And when the lads think it's all sown up, there's a nail gun toting drug dealer on your heels. They'll need Mairead to get them out of that.
Attentive ears are needed for some of the lads broad chatter but the slapstick touches and witty script, delivered with ease by leads Alex Murphy and Chris Walley makes for a fun, laugh, hilarious ride. Rest easy, lads you've done well.