Boys and Girl from County Clare, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -2

NOTE: This film's MPAA rating is "Not Rated". Based on the film's content, we list it as "R".

This musical comedy has the beautiful countryside of Ireland as its backdrop. Jimmy McHahon (Colm Meany) and his older brother John Joe McHahon (Bernard Hill) are adversaries who havent seen each other for more than 20 years. As Jimmy and his musical ensemble travel from Liverpool to the All-Ireland Traditional Music Competition, John Joe does the same with his award-winning musical band. Anticipating each others arrival, each brother arranges certain mishaps to delay the other and keep him out of the music competition. At the festival, where the music is folksy and energetic, various relationships bud between male and female musicians, including a shy boy named Teddy (Shaun Evans) and a fiery Irish gal named Anne (Andrea Corr). The passion for music, the search for love and the need for acceptance set apart The Boys and Girl from County Clare.

Those raised in the Irish Catholic tradition will likely appreciate the cultural significance of this film. It has some tremendous messages about learning lessons from regret, the importance of a man pursuing a woman as a woman rather than as a sex object, and the contentment that can be had when you have music as your friend. The music competition draws all of the characters together, giving them time to resolve their issues. There is an underlying underhandedness and mean-spiritedness in the film as well as excessive social drinking that leads to drunkenness and vomiting. Jimmy is said to have five wives, and there are several situations of nudity and lust. These negative elements, along with more than 20 f-words, two of them spoken by a child, prevent Preview from giving a positive acceptability rating to The Boys and Girl from County Clare, despite the fact that it ultimately draws the right conclusions for life.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes
First Look Media

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (6) times mild (hell 4); moderate (b-lls 2)

Obscene Language: Many (25) times strong (f-word 24, d-ck 1)

Profanity: Several (4) times moderate (OMG 2, G 1); strong (J 1)

Violence: Several times mild (boy is smacked upside the head on several occasions, scuffling between men); moderate (woman strikes man in the face)

Sex: Few times mild (guys look lustfully at a girl, kissing, implied that a young couple had sex out of wedlock and produced a child, several instances of free love, a hippy girls has at least two men that she shows affection for); moderate (man and woman have sex in a tent the backlight makes a shadow of the man on the tent wall)

Nudity: Few times mild (two men sleep in a tent in their briefs-style underwear, man shaves beside a river in his briefs-style underwear); moderate (woman disrobes and goes swimming in the river showing total body nudity from the rear and from the waist up including buttocks and breasts)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (discussion about how men determine if they are in love with genitalia, discussion about a male suitor staying away from an overprotective Irish mother for fear she would castrate him, one man encourages another man to bed foreign girls rather than Irish girls); strong (blunt statement that if daughter is hurt while in a mans care, the mother would come and castrate him)

Drugs: Several times mild (beer and whisky drinking); moderate (several instances of drunkenness, one instance of marijuana use)

Other: Appropriate use of thank God

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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