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The Young Offenders

Two halfwit Irish teenagers get in over their heads when they plot to steal cocaine washed up on the Irish coast in a drugs bust.

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Dir-Scr Peter Foott
Prod Peter Foott, Julie Ryan
With Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose
Ireland 2016
Prod Co Vico Films

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Peter Foott, Director; Alex Murphy, Lead Cast; Hilary Rose, Lead Cast; Julie Ryan, Producer; Chris Walley, Lead Cast

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Using the reality of Ireland’s record €440 million cocaine seizure in 2007 as a springboard, this buzzing buddy comedy follows two Cork teenagers’ attempts to cycle to the coast and nab a washed-up bale of drugs to make their fortune. The plan should be idiot-proof. Unfortunately, our wannabe criminal masterminds Conor and Jock are 24-carat eejits. And if their plans go awry pretty much from the get-go, their hapless attempts to outwit the local police, a psychotic dealer and Conor’s no-nonsense single mum are a riot of deadpan dopiness and knockabout slapstick from start to finish. Neophyte feature writer-director Peter Foott and his terrific debutant leads maintain a blissfully innocent/ignorant tone throughout; and while the relationship between Conor and his mum (Hilary Rose, excellent) is genuinely touching, this caper is pure ‘craic’ cocaine, including the best visual nose-candy gag since Woody Allen’s Annie Hall.

Leigh Singer

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