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Brendan O'Carroll's Mrs Brown's Boys has reached the big screen spin-off, and may well become as successful as The Inbetweeners Movie but on this evidence, it doesn't deserve to

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie is first in a trilogy, says Brendan O'Carroll

Perhaps some fourth walls just aren't made to be broken. The blowsy Irish market trader Agnes Brown first appeared on screen, played more or less straight by Anjelica Huston, in 1999's Agnes Browne [sic], the actress's shrug-inducing adaptation of Brendan O'Carroll's novel The Mammy. That movie did no business whatsoever, leading writer-performer O'Connell to reassert control over the character in much the same way Robin Williams did over his family in Mrs Doubtfire: by dragging up. O'Carroll repositioned Agnes as the star of an old-school sitcom that didn't even feign the vaguely progressive leanings of its primetime stablemate Citizen Khan: this really was just a man in a dress, »

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