Mrs. Brown's Boys is a sitcom created by and starring Irish writer-performer Brendan O'Carroll. This Original series was only broadcast in Ireland on RTE.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Mrs. Brown's Boys - Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie - Netflix
Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie is a 2014 Irish comedy film based on the sitcom Mrs. Brown's Boys and is co-produced by That's Nice Films, Penalty Kick Films, RTÉ and BocFlix. BBC Films is acting as sales agent and it was distributed by Universal Pictures. It was written by series creator (and company director of both That's Nice Films and Bocflix) Brendan O'Carroll, who also plays the lead role. The film sees Agnes Brown go to court to protect her family's stall at Dublin's Moore Street market from a corrupt Russian businessman who wishes to convert it into a shopping centre. The film was released on 27 June to negative reviews from critics. It topped the UK and Ireland box office with £4.3 million in its opening weekend, on a budget of £3.6 million, and retained top spot for a second week. On 27 October it was released on home media, again topping the charts.
Mrs. Brown's Boys - Critical response - Netflix
The film was panned by critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes it holds a 7% approval rating with an average score of 3.1/10 based on 14 reviews. Mike McCahill of The Guardian gave the film 1 star out of 5 and called it “a flatly indifferent cash-in”. He predicted that although the devoted fanbase of the sitcom would make it as much of a commercial success as The Inbetweeners Movie, it did not deserve to be. In The Daily Telegraph, writer Robbie Collin also gave the film 1 star out of 5. He was highly critical of the Chinese character Mr Wang, played by O'Carroll “with his eyes narrowed and Ls and Rs switched, while making little karate-choppy motions in the air with his hands”, calling it “something close to anti-funny”. He also said that the sitcom's inclusion of bloopers and characters breaking the fourth wall didn't translate to the format of cinema without “very clever lateral thinking”, which the film lacked. Donald Clarke of The Irish Times called the film “overstretched, underwritten, sluggishly paced and unsettled by the discombobulating move from studio to location” and concluded, “the gags are clunky, the dialogue is leaden and the story is threadbare.” Another 1-star review came from Empire, who remarked: “almost avant-garde in its commitment to unfunny, it's shambolically performed by the majority of its cast, and shot and edited in a fashion so slapdash it seems like a movie made almost entirely by competition winners.” Stephen Kelly of Total Film also gave the film 1 star out of 5 and said that it will “leave even the most fervent of fans disappointed by its abattoir of wit” because “while the TV show possesses a warm, ramshackle appeal, this story of granny Agnes Brown trying to save a Dublin market from d'foreigners (boo!) is not only out of its comfort zone, but full of cold, mean-spirited gags about the blind, an Indian man everyone thinks is Jamaican (um, LOL?) and [a] Chinese caricature so dazzlingly racist it beggars belief.” Mark Kermode gave the film a scathing review, calling it “an absolute stinker” and “not funny on any level, at all”, saying that: “it's good that the cast [laugh at themselves in the bloopers] because were it not for the cast laughing at the jokes, there wouldn't be anybody laughing in the cinema... there are no laughs. None. Nul points. Nil.” Archie Bland of The Independent said that he “couldn't argue” with actor Rory Cowan who said that the views of critics were “totally irrelevant”, but still found the film “dreadful... slow, sentimental, and altogether cynical”, saying that “I'm afraid I can't say I laughed, or even smiled, once in the whole godforsaken 93 minutes.” He concluded by saying that “I don't see why anyone is obliged to like [the film] just because it does well at the box office... In any case, it doesn't really matter. It is now absolutely clear that Mrs Brown is a slating-proof juggernaut.” In one of the few positive reviews, James Ward of the Daily Mirror gave the film 4 stars out of 5. Though Ward enjoyed the 1970s-inspired politically-incorrect humour, he noted that some moments caused him to wince rather than laugh, saying the ninja character “makes Benny Hill's Chinaman seem sensitive and respectful”. Ward concludes: “Old-fashioned? Undoubtedly. Crude? Definitely. Funny? Well, we know what the critics with their box sets of Curb Your Enthusiasm will say [...] For the critics D'Movie may be a D'Isaster – but for the rest of us it's a D'Light”.
Mrs. Brown's Boys - References - Netflix