Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll’s hugely popular sitcom character, blowsy Dublin market trader Agnes Brown, is as crude and rude as ever in her feature film debut, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, which finds the foul-mouthed matriarch’s family rallying round to save her Moore Street stall from unscrupulous developers. Of course, the feeble plot is simply an excuse for a stream of broadly played old-school gags, interspersed with those moments familiar from the TV show when O’Carroll breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience directly.
‘I’m dry,’ Mrs Brown declares emerging from a plunge into the River Liffey, adding with a wink, ‘I love the movies.’ And don’t be surprised when actors giggle or corpse: O’Carroll doesn’t save the gaffes for the blooper reel; he leaves them in. He’s unlikely to pick up any new converts here but has clearly hit the spot with fans of his brand of earthy, boisterous comedy – the film has trounced Godzilla in its first week of release in the UK, with whopping sales figures of 337,000 across Blu-ray, DVD and digital download.
Certificate 15. Runtime 90 mins. Director Ben Kellett.
Released on Blu-ray, DVD & digital download by Universal Pictures.