When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Mar 9, 2001 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom, Ireland  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Jason Clark

As long as Kieron J. Walsh's mostly charming Irish comedy focuses on its principles, the movie leaves a good buzz of romantic quirkiness. But like any good buzz, it begins to wear off after a while, and that is exactly what happens to this frothy effort buoyed by the unmistakably irresistible Peter McDonald and Flora Montgomery. Roddy Doyle's screenplay employs his trademark wit and affection for pop culture, but the film sometimes strays in too many directions, leaving the wonderful actors a bit stranded at key intervals. However, the film still succeeds due to the leads' palpable chemistry and playfulness, even when it goes on far longer than it needs to and throws in unnecessary elements to keep itself afloat, and even when the performers have already provided enough color for a dozen romantic comedies. When Brendan Met Trudy was chosen to be part of the 2000 Shooting Gallery film series, after touring the international film festival circuit.