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Waking Ned Devine(Waking Ned)

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United Kingdom, Ireland, France · 1998
Rated PG · 1h 31m
Director Kirk Jones
Starring Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch
Genre Comedy

Ned Devine has a stroke of good fortune and wins the lottery, then has a real stroke moments later. With Ned dead, the people of his small Irish village scramble to stake their claim on the winnings before the lottery officials take it all back.

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Entertainment Weekly by

Unfolds with such unforced inevitability that absurdity never condescends to sticky adorableness.


Variety by Derek Elley

Bannen and the gawky Kelly, whose screen chemistry is vital to the film's success, make a delightful pair of stumbling shysters, and Jones' script weaves a sizable tapestry of other characters to flesh out the village.


San Francisco Examiner by G. Allen Johnson

There's not a whole lot to Waking Ned Devine, but it may be enough for those who like their quirky comedies from the British Isles - a burgeoning genre now - both atmospheric and gentle.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

Predicated on the slimmest of notions, this debut by Jones is so cuddly-cute in its desire to be pleasing that it's all but transparent.


Washington Post by Michael O'Sullivan

The plot is far from intricate, but Waking Ned Devine more than makes up for its narrative simplicity with a uniformly engaging cast of Hibernian oddballs.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Rick Groen

The wonder is that the cast -- a terrific ensemble with talents honed on such hallowed stages as the Abbey Theatre -- brings it off with far more verve than the slight tale deserves.


Washington Post by Stephen Hunter

Writer-director Kirk Jones III keeps the movie resolutely brisk and light, twisting mildly this way and that but never detouring for long.

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