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The Stag review – 'good-hearted Irish comedy' | Mark Kermode

15 March 2014 5:50 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A stag weekend gone wrong is the basis for a surprising amount of comic depth, minus the excesses of the Hangover franchise

Owing a debt to the creaky Brit-pic Staggered in which Martin Clunes woke up bollock naked on a remote island on the eve of his wedding, this innocuous but good-hearted Irish comedy finds a misfit group of men going native in the woods when a fussy groom is strong-armed into a stag weekend by his altogether more forceful bride. The fly in the ointment is his future brother-in-law, a destructive irritant played with more comic depth than you might expect by co-writer Peter McDonald.

Inevitably relieved of their clothes, the men bicker and bond, with old rivalries and new acceptances blossoming among the bared buttocks and breast beatings. A long-running gag about the awfulness of U2 turns out to have a disappointingly soft centre (Bono would approve, which »

- Mark Kermode

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