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Cast: Fred Willard, Colm Meaney, Kevin P. Farley, Nicole Forrester
A fish-out-of-water satirical comedy of the Irish, true love and beer, the film follows Tom Murphy, a clueless Irish-American, as he travels to Ireland for his best friendís wedding and to find the girl of his dreams. But when he falls for a Greek beauty instead of an Irish-born lass, he must choose between his familyís expectations and true love.
"The Yank" tells the story of Tom Murphy. As the film opens, we find out that Tom is a huge U2 fan and is headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to meet his girlfriend and visit the U2 exhibit but when he arrives he finds out his girlfriend wants to break up with him. Obviously upset over the news he sits on a classic drum set that is off limits. When he is approached by a beautiful young lady who works there she tells him he is not allowed to sit on the drums but when Tom gets a little feisty she has him kicked out but she also loses her job over it.
Tom heads to a local pub where he hangs out with his buddies. When a friend comes back from Ireland with his girlfriend and announces they are getting married in her hometown of Dublin everyone is excited including Tom because he is going to be the best man but to his surprise the maid of honor is the same girl he got fired from the hall of fame. Things get awkward pretty quick and the two have to figure out how to get along at least until the wedding is over.
Meanwhile Tom's Irish dad and the rest of the family are having their annual six months until St. Patrick's Day celebration. When they find out Tom is going to Ireland they are excited and want him to find an Irish bride but Tom will have to listen to his heart over what his parents want in order to find true love.
Writer/Director Sean Lackey plays our protagonist Tom Murphy and he does a great job bringing Tom to life. The film also stars, Fred Willard, Kevin Farley, Colm Meaney, Nichole Forester and Niki Spiridakos. Everyone in the film did a great job playing their characters. Once the setting switched from Cleveland to Ireland the beautiful landscapes and countrysides became a character all by themselves. The film itself is an Irish/American comedy, the dialogue is so well-written I was laughing out loud all through the film. Everyone in the film had some great lines, no dialogue is wasted and every character has a purpose.
But underneath all the humor there is a romance which bubbles to the top by the time the film ends. "The Yank" is a sweet comedy about following your heart and doing what is best for yourself instead of following the advice of others. This was a much better film than I expected and I enjoyed everything about it. Sure it is a bit over the top but that is why itís a satire in the first place. Its heart is in the right place and its charming, funny and romantic. There is something for everyone here so be sure to check it out.
Available now on DVD, you can order it HERE.
Released by Vision Films
*** 3/4 Out Of *****