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    Thugs and kisses

    "InterMission," a loosely connected ensemble collage that's part crime caper, part romantic comedy set in an Irish town, proves likeable if not brilliant.


    It's a scene ripped almost from the opening of "Out of Sight." Colin Farrell, turning a little Clooney-esque charm on a blushing shop clerk, in a ploy to sweet-talk her out of the proceeds from the till. She's buying it.

    Directed by: John Crowley.
    Written by: Mark O'Rowe.
    Cast: Colin Farrell, Shirley Henderson, rest of cast listed alphabetically Barbara Bergin, Tom Farrelly, Rory Keenan, Darragh Kelly Laurence Kinlan, Kelly Macdonald, Ruth McCabe, Michael McElhatton, Colm Meaney, Taylor Molloy, Cillian Murphy, Brian F. O'Byrne, Deirdre O'Kane, Tomas O'Suilleabhain, Derry Power, Owen Roe, Ger Ryan, David Wilmot.
    Cinematography: Ryszard Lenczewski.
    San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2004
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  • "I mean, look all your life as long as you like," he says, "but it's only when you let your guard down  — "

    " —  when you least expect it!" she adds excitedly.

    " —  that you find someone. Yeah!" he says. "Take meself, for example. . . ."

    Only Farrell's character isn't a guy who can sustain the choirboy act very long, and this budding relationship quickly takes a surprising turn. Soon cops are on the scene and fists are flying.

    The whole movie "interMission" is kind of like that would-be gentleman-grifter. It's an affable character-based farce that compensates for its slight simplicity with an irrepressible bad-boy streak. It's a romantic comedy — if you want to call it that — under assault by a brutal crime flick.

    Loosely intertwined with the crime caper are the stories of: a cop (Colm Meaney of "The Commitments" and "The Snapper") trying to work a deal for his own reality TV show while running down the local criminal element; the town's nastiest bus driver, who's plotting a crime of his own; his young, recently dumped partner in crime, who's wondering what went wrong with his love life; his ex-girlfriend, who has taken up with a bank manager; the bank manager's wife trying to figure out what to do now.

    Sometimes scattershot, sometimes on target, the film tries to do a lot of things at once. It has quite a bit of charm in places, though the ensemble effect gets a little fuzzy at times — some characters are left a bit thin as their plot threads fizzle while the film is following others. Still, the results are fairly pleasing, owing to a few inspired plot surprises (keep your eye on the kid in the red jacket) and the winning personalities of the actors.

    FEBRUARY 13, 2004

    Reader comments on interMission:

  • brilliant   from al, Mar 25, 2005
  • intermission   from jersey, Jun 26, 2005
  • Intermission was soooo good!!   from sheila, Dec 30, 2005
  • hi   from biljana, Apr 19, 2006
  • Perfect !!   from Noura, Aug 28, 2006
  • mint   from stephanie, Nov 16, 2006
  • Re: mint   from Jeffrey, Jan 26, 2007

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