STARRING Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch
DIRECTED BY Kirk Jones
British writer-director Jones hit the jackpot when Fox Searchlight paid more than $4 million to acquire his charmer about what happens to an Irish village when an unclaimed lottery ticket is discovered. Chasing after the pot of gold, Bannen and Kelly sort through a stand of red herrings and ill-planned schemes — one of which leads to a hilarious, bare-naked motorcycle ride. ”I was as nervous to talk to Kelly about it as I would be talking about a love scene to a young actress,” confesses Jones. But it wasn’t the full monty keeping the actor awake at night. ”I’d never been on a motorbike in my life,” says Kelly, 69. ”All worries and modesty went out the window; I just concentrated on staying alive.” (Nov. 6)
THE LOWDOWN Much of Hollywood is dubbing Ned this year’s Full Monty. If audiences agree, this Cannes sensation could contend for the Oscar-underdog slot.