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The Angels' Share (2013) Reviewed By Jay

United States, 08 March 2013


Jay´s Review

This marvelous outing is a triple threat: 1) It has people to root for; 2) It is laugh-out-loud funny; and 3) It has captions (and because it takes place in Scotland, they are very, very welcome)! The screening audience (some of the men wore kilts) was appreciative and I was tickled pink.

After a hair-raising episode at a train station, we start with a number of criminals being handed down sentences by a judge. We see the accused and hear of their crimes, then we follow a handful of miscreants who have been sentenced to community service. The fellow in charge takes them on an outing to Edinburgh one weekend...to...of all places, a whiskey distillery! (It's spelled "whisky" in Scotland.)

Our principal players are:

  • * John Henshaw is Harry, the whisky-loving overseer in charge of the community service workers, would like to find something LEGAL to interest and maybe motivate his youthful charges.
  • * Paul Brannigan is our young felon Robbie, a brand-new daddy who is determined to make a new start. The judge has given him one last chance but we fear the deck is stacked against him.
  • * William Ruane is Rhino, willing to go along with the gang, but not the brightest bulb in the box.
  • * Gary Maitland is Albert, who is, beyond a doubt, a cerebral black hole!
  • * Jasmin Riggins is Mo; she steals anything that isn't nailed down, even after she swore she would go straight.
  • * Roger Allam is Thaddeus, an agent for some anonymous connoisseur who savors rare whiskys.

While touring the distillery, the tour guide explains that the mysterious two percent of the liquid that quietly evaporates from the barrel each year is called "The Angels' Share." Having toured the Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, I was surprised to see how much of the process was familiar, but I still was deeply grateful for those captions!

As this is a low-budget film, the MPAA has not rated it, but I must warn you, it deals with the riff raff of Glasgow, so be prepared for a LOT of profanity, crude repartee, and a couple of brutal fistfights. Because much of the delightful humor is bawdy, it is NOT for the faint of heart. On the other hand, if you can tolerate it, you will be in for an exciting and satisfying romp!

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