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MOVIE REVIEW: White Irish Drinkers

Go out drinking instead of out to see this.

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  • Stephen Lang as Patrick Leary in "White Irish Drinkers."
  • Nick Thurston (center) as Brian Leary in "White Irish Drinkers."
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It's Brooklyn in the mid-70s, and Brian Leary (Nick Thurston) is working at a dying cinema, owned by a guy that loves talking old movies. He has a brother that's a robber, and friends that drink. Some go to college, others collect garbage. He has a mom who can't cook, and a father that's an abusive drunk. These are all set-ups for what could’ve been an interesting movie.

Brian also likes to draw and paint and some feel this is his way out of the horrible life he leads. That skill sure helps him pick up girls at the bar. In one scene, he cleverly uses his finger on a steamed up window in a hot bar, to draw the woman he’s interested in. .

The movie quickly falls into every ridiculous movie cliché you’ve seen before, and that have been done better in every other movie I’ve seen. The girl breaks off the romance for reasons that are never very clear (she claims she’s going to California with the travel agency she works for).

Brian applies for an art college, but doesn’t want to tell his parents. For some reason, he can’t tell them that he uses the basement of a bagel shop attached to their apartment to create his art. He’d rather they think he was involved in drugs or something else.

The parents are played by two actors I like – Karen Allen (where has she been?) and Stephen Lang (Avatar). He is very menacing and well-cast in the role as the abusive father, but the script is so bad that the serious scenes actually had me laughing.

It was fun looking at the movie posters in the background, but those scenes were always ruined by cheesy dialogue like “What is this Rocky Horror Picture Show? It’ll run for a week, the weirdos will come see it, and nobody will ever remember it." Another line was a college student telling his friend “How are you going to make money on computers?" The movie had lots of moments like that, none of them clever.

This movie was written, directed, and produced by John Gray – who wrote, directed, and produced Ghost Whisperer. Maybe he should stick to TV.

This movie gets an F.