Jason Clark
February 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Butcher Boy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Neil Jordan, Sinead O'Connor, Aisling O'Sullivan, Eamonn Owens, Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw
author
Patrick McCabe
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

At last, Neil Jordan’s superlative adaptation of Patrick McCabe’s novel, The Butcher Boy, arrives on DVD. The wickedly black-comic tale of young Irish sociopath Francie Brady’s descent into violence and madness is the great movie Stanley Kubrick never got to make. EXTRAS Deleted scenes and a commentary by Jordan that quickly detours into Dullsville. He does say Warner Bros. was nervous about releasing the film in the wake of the ’98 Jonesboro massacre, but he’s curiously mum on his controversial casting of Sin? O’Connor as a foulmouthed Virgin Mary.

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