Upon discovering that their town is up for sale, crafty Irish villagers scheme to raise the money to prevent the buy-out. They hold a poetry contest with a tempting grand prize -- the deed ... See full summary »
Upon discovering that their town is up for sale, crafty Irish villagers scheme to raise the money to prevent the buy-out. They hold a poetry contest with a tempting grand prize -- the deed to their local pub. But what could happen when a duplicitous American rapper emerges as the best poet around? Written by
"Once there was a time," my dad would always say before tellin' us stories that would send me off to my dreams. "Once there was a time when the land was taken from the people and split into parts to be ruled by kings and men and laws. But the people were protected by the magic ones, who sailed out from the mist on ships from the sky, full of light and music and beauty." And it said, by those who ought to know such things, that the magic ones no longer walked among us. But to hear me dad tell it...
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A small town in Ireland is threatened with eviction. They sponsor an international poetry contest to raise money.
I was shocked by how good this movie is! It was around St. Patrick's Day and a friend and I found "Irish Jam" in Blockbuster. We figured it would be terrible, but we took a chance. Thank God.
This comedy is totally original and beautifully written. The comic elements are framed by tragic circumstances: poverty and the need for self-preservation. These elements give a poignancy and depth to the comedy that sharpen the film.
Irish Jam is funny before "Jimmy Tha Jam" (aka Eddie Griffin) even gets to Ireland, but the film erupts in comedy once he does; the culture-clash gives rise to hysterical situations with fantastic dialog.
If you come across "Irish Jam" I suggest you watch it! I don't think the movie has been publicized enough. You'll find the movie even better if you're familiar with actual Irish culture (not just wearing green and being an overly proud that you're third generation Irish-American).
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