Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

29 December 2014

The Commitments

Alan Parker's The Commitments (1991) is an underappreciated gem of a film. It is delightfully funny, irreverent, and doesn't take itself very seriously, while also managing to feel honest, and hopeful, and really about something.

I don't want to oversell this movie, since it isn't anything brilliant, but this is really good stuff, and it feels like a kind of precursor to The Full Monty – a witty British comedy about an economically depressed area of the country filled with characters who try to put together a band in order to get themselves out of the world they're in.

The Commitments is way better than The Full Monty, and it is also unsentimental and very very funny.

It also stars a very young Glen Hansard (Once) – tons of other people, too, of course.

Anyway, it is definitely worth checking out.