March 16, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

When Brendan Met Trudy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/09/01
performer
Peter McDonald, Flora Montgomery, Gabriel Byrne, Pauline McLynn, Marie Mullen, Don Wycherley
director
Kieron J. Walsh
Producers
Collins Avenue, Deadly Films 2
distributor
Shooting Gallery
author
Roddy Doyle
genre
Comedy, Romance
We gave it a B+

The movie-obsessed Brendan (Peter McDonald) in When Brendan Met Trudy knows everything about movies and nothing about himself. He’s a film geek unprepared for the passion offered by Trudy (Flora Montgomery), a devil-may-care lass who picks him up in a pub, claiming to be a teacher; actually, she’s a burglar.

Soon enough, Trudy has stolen Brendan away from sitting in the dark. ”Nothin’ serious and nothin’ with Emma Thompson in it” are the only flicks she likes. Kieron J. Walsh directs a screenplay by Roddy Doyle, that rollicking bard of Dublin, and the two maneuver this light, charming, teasing romantic comedy between homage, tweak, and a gleeful send-up of middle- and highbrow sensibilities. From the opening shot of Brendan facedown in a pool of water Sunset Boulevard-style, to a Breathless re-creation with Brendan and Trudy a la Belmondo and Seberg, the movie luxuriates in cinema references while laughing at its own fetishes — a neat talent.

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