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Book Review: 'The Van'

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The Van

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
96 minutes
performer:
Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly
director:
Stephen Frears
Producers:
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author:
Roddy Doyle
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

Unlike the film based on it, Roddy Doyle’s first novel, The Commitments, had a lot more to it than the story of a group of Irish teens who form a soul band. Doyle used music as a torch by which the working-class youth of his tradition-bound nation sought a different cultural identity. This time, he examines the lives of the preceding generation. Sparkling with the same earthy humor as The Commitments, The Van centers on a dilapidated fish-and-chips truck that rescues two old chums from unemployment. Told in slangy dialect, the commendably uncinematic story touches on family, friendship, and soccer, documenting a mundane world with fervent humanity.