The Commitments

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Time Out says

Foul-mouthed, fast-talking and very funny, this is Parker's best to date. It's an intentionally 'small' movie that treats a familiar subject (kids forming a rock band) with a deft intimacy. But as the young hopefuls from Dublin's working-class Northside go through the round of auditions, rehearsals and gigs, it becomes clear that the film is big in heart. For Parker and his excellent, mostly non-professional cast are indeed committed to characters, milieu and music: classics from Otis, Wilson Pickett, Aretha et al. For one thing, the script precisely captures both the witty banter and the modest dreams of the streetwise kids. For another, Parker never over-emphasises the unemployment and poverty, nor does he glamorise the band. The result is a gritty, naturalistic comedy blessed with a wry, affectionate eye for the absurdities of the band's various rivalries and ambitions; and the songs are matchless.
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kathleen

I just watched it again for the 5th time since '91. I loved it then and I love it now. It was/is the most intertaining musical movie I've ever seen/heard. The producer was brilliant with his choice of actors and music. I loved the Irish banter as nothing compares to the wit of the Irish. I loved the fiestiness of all the folks - ready to defend their own at the drop of a hat. Oh by the way, my mother is from west Ireland and I grew up day in and day out with all of the specialness of being Irish and "consorting" with them and I still do. We're a proud bunch! We laugh easy and fight easier. We're soft hearted which can be our downfall. I'm 66.

kathleen

I just watched it again for the 5th time since '91. I loved it then and I love it now. It was/is the most intertaining musical movie I've ever seen/heard. The producer was brilliant with his choice of actors and music. I loved the Irish banter as nothing compares to the wit of the Irish. I loved the fiestiness of all the folks - ready to defend their own at the drop of a hat. Oh by the way, my mother is from west Ireland and I grew up day in and day out with all of the specialness of being Irish and "consorting" with them and I still do. We're a proud bunch! We laugh easy and fight easier. We're soft hearted which can be our downfall. I'm 66.

Colette Hadley

I love the movie and sound track and wonder what happened to the actors and actresses. I'm listening to the sound track at this very moment. Colette.

Colette Hadley

I love the movie and sound track and wonder what happened to the actors and actresses. I'm listening to the sound track at this very moment. Colette.