"Waking Ned Devine is a delightful charmer that introduces us to a community
filled with memorable, unique characters. The scenery is gorgeous and two more unlikely
leading men you'll never find. They charm us with their honesty and vivacity. As for the
set up - it's simply delicious.
Just as The Full Monty involved us in the lives of the working town men, Waking Ned
Devine takes us into this small community where everyone knows everyone. We get to know
the people who live there: we never laugh at them, but smile knowingly at their
peculiarities and character traits. When you next see fruit soaps, you may well remember
the gal with her pig farmer beau, who can't stand the smell of pigs… And the sight of
a totally naked David Kelly (except for his helmet, socks and shoes) riding at full speed
on his motor bike is one that you are guaranteed never to forget.
In a series of short interviews, writer/director Kirk Jones talks about how he was
inspired to make the film. It was when he heard that a local postmistress had put a notice
in her window that she had NOT won the football pools. Wanting to show that a couple of
guys can be hip and not just hip replacement, Jones speaks about his love of older people
and the inspiration they bring. Interesting that he cast three distinct types of actors:
experienced, young blood and inexperienced but interesting and eccentric characters for
There are short interview grabs with all the cast – David Kelly in particular is
impressive and oh so different from his bumbling screen character. Kelly is articulate,
serious and intelligent and talks about how truth and innocence weave naturally into the
entire fabric of the film, making it work beautifully.
Waking Ned Devine is a gentle, uplifting film that the whole family can enjoy
Published April 26, 2001