Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie

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For the 1998 film, see Agnes Browne.
Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie
A man dressed as an old woman, with a curly wig, and oval glasses, and large mole on his chin. His hands are crossed under his chin and he is smiling.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ben Kellett
Produced by Stephen McCrum
Brendan O'Carroll
Written by Brendan O'Carroll
Based on Mrs. Brown's Boys 
by Brendan O'Carroll
Starring
Music by Andy O'Callaghan
Cinematography Martin Hawkins
Production
  company
That's Nice Films
Penalty Kick Films
BocFlix
BBC Films
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 27 June 2014 (2014-06-27)
Running time 94 minutes
Country Ireland
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £3.6 million[1]
Box office $20,307,778[2]

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie is a 2014 comedy film based on the sitcom Mrs. Brown's Boys and is co-produced by That's Nice Films, Penalty Kick Films and BocFlix.[3] BBC Films is acting as sales agent and it was distributed by Universal Pictures.[4] It was written by series creator (and company director of both That's Nice Films and Bocflix) Brendan O'Carroll, who also plays the lead role.

The film sees Agnes Brown go to court to protect her family's stall at Dublin's Moore Street market from a corrupt Russian businessman who wishes to convert it into a shopping centre.

The film was released on 27 June to negative reviews from critics. It topped the UK and Ireland box office with £4.3 million in its opening weekend, on a budget of £3.6 million, and retained top spot for a second week.

Plot[edit]

Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll) runs an independent market, selling fruit and vegetables on Dublin's Moore Street market. It has been under attack from P.R. Irwin (Dermot Crowley), an MP (PRIC) who is in an arrangement with a ruthless Russian businessman who wants to put all the market stalls out of business and open a shopping centre on the site. Her stall is the next to be targeted, being sent a bill for unpaid tax left by her grandmother, and a man (working for Irwin) appears offering to buy her stall and make the bill disappear. Agnes nearly accepts, but Winnie (Eilish O'Carroll) reveals this news to the locals, forcing Agnes into defending her stall from the developers while they look for ideas how to raise the money. Agnes’ friend, Philomena Nine Warts, informs her that her grandmother was next to Agnes’ grandmother at the tax office when she paid the bill and therefore no money is owed. Unfortunately Philomena's grandmother is hit by a bus on the way to the courtroom before she can testify.

Agnes' court case attracts a lot of attention from the media, portraying her as the greatest mother in Ireland. This leads her to go to confession, where she admits (unknowingly also to a Russian mobster) that she briefly put her children in care when her husband died, but continued to claim the child support money. This is used against her in the witness box during questioning by Irwin's corrupt prosecutor, and she runs out in shame. Eventually being found by the river by her daughter Cathy (Jennifer Gibney), she admits all in a tearful moment on the Ha'penny Bridge, telling her how she told the nuns that she thought she could look after two of the six children, but when asked to pick she was unable to.

Meanwhile, Buster (Danny O'Carroll) and Agnes’ son Dermot (Paddy Houlihan), try to get the receipt. After failing to break into the restricted area of the NRS they recruit a troop of blind trainee ninjas, led by Mr. Wang (also played by O’Carroll). The Russians have already found and destroyed the original receipt, but Buster and Dermot learn the receptionist that took the payment was blind, so there is a braille version of the receipt. They find it and lets Agnes know, telling her Tourettes-suffering barrister (Robert Bathurst) to stall the case. After navigating air ducts out of the NRS, Agnes, Buster and Dermot are chased by the mobsters and the Garda, jumping in the River Liffey. Agnes separates from the pair and returns with the "receipt" but it turns out Buster accidentally gave her a betting slip instead. At this point Cathy stands up and gives a speech on how special Moore Street and its market is, and her intention to run her mother’s stall when her time comes, to Agnes’ joy. After their pursuit continues in a jeep and finally a dash on a stolen horse, Buster and Dermot deliver the receipt to the court room just in time to have the case against Agnes dropped. They all celebrate by dancing on the steps of the courtroom.

Cast[edit]

  • Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes Brown/Mr Wang
  • Nick Nevern as Gregor
  • Eilish O'Carroll as Winnie McGoogan
  • Paddy Houlihan as Dermot Brown
  • Jennifer Gibney as Cathy Brown
  • Danny O'Carroll as Buster Brady
  • Dermot Crowley as P.R. Irwin
  • Robert Bathurst as Maydo Archer
  • Dermot O'Neill as Harold "Grandad" Brown
  • Fiona O'Carroll as Maria Brown
  • Simon Delaney as Tom Crews
  • Chris Patrick-Simpson as Ninja Joe
  • Keith Duffy as John
  • Martin Delany as Trevor Brown
  • Daithi O'Carroll as Justice Cannon
  • Rory Cowan as Rory Brown
  • Gary Hollywood as Dino Doyle
  • Pat Shields as Mark Brown
  • Amanda Woods as Betty Brown
  • Eamonn Holmes as Himself
  • Sorcha Cusack as Justice Dickie
  • June Rodgers as Fat Annie
  • Joe Duffy as Himself
  • Mark Coney as Clerk of the Court
  • Jamie O'Carroll as Bono Brown (cameo appearance)

Production[edit]

In September 2012 it was reported that an estimated £3.6 million deal was in place with Universal Studios to start production on the film version of Mrs. Brown's Boys. A spokesman for O'Carroll has also confirmed that the film would have a distinctly Dublin flavour, "It's Dublin humour so you're going to need Dublin actors and technicians to get it right for the big screen."[5] Despite funding being secured, O'Carroll later confirmed that a script had not been written prior to the deal. "I haven't written it yet. That's what success does, they give you money and say 'Whatever you think'. So I've taken the money!".[6] At the 2013 National Television Awards O'Carroll confirmed the film had been written and would begin shooting the following autumn.[7]

Principal photography for Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie began on 1 September 2013 in Dublin.[8] Filming locations included Moore Street, Dublin quays, Father Matthew Square, The Customs House and Wimbledon Studios. Filming was completed on 25 October 2013.

The Script recorded a song for the film called "Hail, Rain or Sunshine".[9]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere on 25 June 2014 at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin, with Brendan O'Carroll and the rest of the cast in attendance.[10][11][12]

The distributors of the film did not screen the film for critics in advance of its release.[13]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film earned £4.3 million in the UK and Ireland in its opening weekend, breaking records in Ireland for the highest box office gross on the opening day of an Irish-made film. It was top of the UK and Ireland box office in this opening weekend, ahead of The Fault in Our Stars which took £1.7 million.[14] It maintained its #1 spot for a second week, in which it grossed another £2.1 million, the only film to pass £1 million that week.[15] For its third week, it took £1.08 million, but fell to third behind Transformers: Age of Extinction and How to Train Your Dragon 2.[16]

Critical response[edit]

The film was poorly received by critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 10% rating based on 10 reviews, with 9 negative reviews and 1 positive review.[17]

Mike McCahill of The Guardian gave the film 1 star out of 5 and called it "a flatly indifferent cash-in". He predicted that although the devoted fanbase of the sitcom would make it as much of a commercial success as The Inbetweeners Movie, it did not deserve to be.[18] In The Daily Telegraph, writer Robbie Collin also gave the film 1 star out of 5. He was highly critical of the Chinese character Mr Wang, played by O’Carroll "with his eyes narrowed and Ls and Rs switched, while making little karate-choppy motions in the air with his hands", calling it "something close to anti-funny". He also said that the sitcom's inclusion of bloopers and characters breaking the fourth wall didn't translate to the format of cinema without "very clever lateral thinking", which the film lacked.[19] Donald Clarke of The Irish Times called the film "overstretched, underwritten, sluggishly paced and unsettled by the discombobulating move from studio to location" and concluded, "the gags are clunky, the dialogue is leaden and the story is threadbare."[20] Another 1-star review came from Empire, who remarked: "almost avant-garde in its commitment to unfunny, it's shambolically performed by the majority of its cast, and shot and edited in a fashion so slapdash it seems like a movie made almost entirely by competition winners."[21] Stephen Kelly of Total Film also gave the film 1 star out of 5 and said that it will "leave even the most fervent of fans disappointed by its abattoir of wit" because "while the TV show possesses a warm, ramshackle appeal, this story of granny Agnes Brown trying to save a Dublin market from d'foreigners (boo!) is not only out of its comfort zone, but full of cold, mean-spirited gags about the blind, an Indian man everyone thinks is Jamaican (um, LOL?) and [a] Chinese caricature so dazzlingly racist it beggars belief."[22]

Mark Kermode gave the film a scathing review, calling it "an absolute stinker" and "not funny on any level, at all", saying that: "it's good that the cast [laugh at themselves in the bloopers] because were it not for the cast laughing at the jokes, there wouldn't be anybody laughing in the cinema... there are no laughs. None. Nul points. Nil."[23][24] Archie Bland of The Independent said that he "couldn't argue" with actor Rory Cowan who said that the views of critics were "totally irrelevant", but still found the film "dreadful... slow, sentimental, and altogether cynical", saying that "I'm afraid I can't say I laughed, or even smiled, once in the whole godforsaken 93 minutes." He concluded by saying that "I don’t see why anyone is obliged to like [the film] just because it does well at the box office... In any case, it doesn't really matter. It is now absolutely clear that Mrs Brown is a slating-proof juggernaut."[25]

In one of the few positive reviews, James Ward of the Daily Mirror gave the film 4 stars out of 5. Though Ward enjoyed the 1970s-inspired politically-incorrect humour, he noted that some moments caused him to wince rather laugh, saying the ninja character "makes Benny Hill’s Chinaman seem sensitive and respectful". Ward concludes: "Old-fashioned? Undoubtedly. Crude? Definitely. Funny? Well, we know what the critics with their box sets of Curb Your Enthusiasm will say [...] For the critics D’Movie may be a D’Isaster – but for the rest of us it’s a D’Light".[26]

Possible sequels[edit]

At the National Television Awards in January 2014, whilst speaking to the Radio Times, Brendan O'Carroll said "We're already working on a sequel – Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie 2".[27] On 20 June 2014, O'Carroll announced that he was working on two spin-off feature films following on from Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie. The first spin-off film is to be entitled Wash and Blow if it is produced and it will see O'Carroll take on the role of salon owner, Mario, alongside Rory Brown and Dino Doyle.

The second spin-off film in development is to be entitled Mr Wang, who is a character introduced in D'Movie. It was confirmed that English actor Burt Kwouk had been asked to take the title role but was unable to travel to Dublin, so O'Carroll will take on the role himself if the film gets produced. It will also co-star Buster Brady and Dermot Brown working for him under a detective agency. It is currently not yet known when the spin-off films will be filmed nor released.[28]

Home media[edit]

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie is due for release on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK and Ireland on 27 October 2014.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "MRS. BROWN'S BOYS D'MOVIE". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Mrs Browns Boys to be made into movie". RTÉ News. 29 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Wightman, Catriona; Goodacre, Kate (24 Jan 2013). "Brendan O'Carroll confirms 'Mrs Brown' movie at NTAs 2013". Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Balasundaram, Nemesha (3 September 2013). "Filming for ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys – D’Movie’ begins in Dublin". The Irish Post. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie buoys UK and Ireland box office". BBC News. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie maintains Ireland and UK box office lead". BBC News. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Transformers topple Mrs Brown's Boys from UK box office". BBC News. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. 
  18. ^ McCahill, Mike (27 June 2014). "Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie review – 'a flatly indifferent cash-in'". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  19. ^ Collin, Robbie (27 June 2014). "Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie, review: 'anti-funny'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  20. ^ Donald Clarke (27 June 2014). "Review: Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie". The Irish Times. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Hewitt, Chris (27 June 2014). "Mrs Brown’s Boys D'Movie". Empire. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  22. ^ Stephen Kelly (2 July 2014). "Mrs Brown's Boys: D'Movie". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Mark Kermode reviews Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie". Kermode and Mayo. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Mark Kermode podcast" (Podcast). BBC. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  25. ^ Archie Bland (3 July 2014). "Mrs Brown’s Boys: D’Movie: The film is out and it's dreadful". The Independent. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  26. ^ Ward, James (26 June 2014). "Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie will be a D'Light for fans even if critics dub it a D’Isaster". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  27. ^ Lazarus, Suzanna (23 January 2014). "Is Brendan O'Carroll writing a sequel to Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie?". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  28. ^ Aaron (20 June 2014). "Brendan O'Carroll working on two Mrs Brown's Boys spin-off films". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie [DVD]". Amazon.com. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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