An Everlasting Piece (2000)

Genres - Comedy  |   Release Date - Dec 25, 2000 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Director Barry Levinson takes a detour by lending his Oscar-winning talent to this ill-fated attempt at blending droll Irish comedy, religion, and political awareness. The film (scripted by its lead performer, Barry McEvoy) is far too minor to address the weightier subjects it brings up, and at the same time, isn't quite light and airy enough to pass as genial entertainment. Unlike films like The Full Monty and Waking Ned Devine, two films it echoes whether it would like to or not, Everlasting never connects on a human level. Every once in a while, a joke will land (courtesy of its well-appointed Irish cast), but more often than not, the film resorts to silly wordplay and mistaken irony for comic effect. Unlike many studio pictures shot overseas, this one employed local help for most every technical aspect, a small compensation for its jaggedness as a creative endeavor.