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A Date for Mad Mary (2016)

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A woman newly released from prison seeks a date to bring to her best friend's wedding.


Darren Thornton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Seána Kerslake ... Mary
Carolyn Bracken ... Female Prison Guard
Denise McCormack ... Suzanne
Barbara Brennan Barbara Brennan ... Nan
Stephen Cromwell Stephen Cromwell ... Grungy Guy
Sarah Gorman Sarah Gorman ... Grungy Guy's Girlfriend
John Finegan John Finegan ... Angry Club Bouncer
Charleigh Bailey ... Charlene
Siobhan Shanahan Siobhan Shanahan ... Leona
Norma Sheahan Norma Sheahan ... Sally
Ben Condron Ben Condron ... Declan
Shauna Higgins ... Julie
Jamiu Giwa Jamiu Giwa ... Udel
Mark Dunne Mark Dunne ... Scote
Tatiana Ouliankina Tatiana Ouliankina ... Oksana


'Mad' Mary McArdle returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison - for something she'd rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is to be her maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a 'plus one' on the grounds that she probably couldn't find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. 'A Date for Mad Mary' is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Filmed in Drogheda. See more »


Although the film is set in Drogheda, all of the characters have distinctive North Dublin accents. See more »


Nan: Fucking sniper wouldn't take you out.
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References Ella Enchanted (2004) See more »


PB - Skatt Woman - Paolo Barbato Vocal Mix
Written, performed and remixed by Paolo Barbato (PRS)
Licensed courtesy of 1980 Recordings and 1980 Publishings
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A Date for Mad Mary has bags of Irish charm and is a terrific life affirming movie experience.
19 November 2016 | by sav-982-72544See all my reviews

A Date for Mad Mary feels like the kind of film that if it had a French director and suitable name with a rhetorical flourish it would probably get a standing ovation and walk away with a Palme Dior. Nevertheless, it is a lovely film and very fine piece of film making.

Directing his first feature Darren Thornton does a great job adapting the film from a theatre monologue, 10 Dates with Mad Mary by Yasmine Akram. Akram for the record is best known for her role as Janine in season three of Sherlock.

The premise for the movie is the classic leading protagonist returning to their old world and life after a spell in prison. But a sharp script, elegantly shot, a neat soundtrack and with great all round performances from a largely unheralded but superb cast elevates the drama to top notch cinema.

There is plenty of pathos, laughs and romance as Mary McArdle returns to a life living with her mum and nan, with her best friend getting ready to get hitched and trying to resume the good and bad old times. In the process Mary finds herself searching for a suitable candidate of the male species as her plus one at her friend Charlene's wedding only to find a new and unexpected relationship along the way.

Much of the film's charm is its down to earth, funny and endearing nature. The straightforward but genuine Irish characters interact in a thoroughly engaging, subtly thought provoking and totally realistic manner. Snapshots of life which feel very believable.

And so we see Mary trying to reconcile her previous life and her past where she had the unfortunate mad prefix to her name. But Mary finds that the world she knew has moved on and also has to adapt to situations and new emotions when she stumbles upon part-time wedding photographer and musician Jess.

Mary is brilliantly played by Seána Kerslake as the slightly lost teenager while Charleigh Bailey as best friend Charlene and Tara Lee as the savvy and sweet Jess are also excellent.

A Date for Mad Mary has bags of Irish charm and is a terrific life affirming movie experience.

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7 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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