Picks and Pans Review: Waking Ned Devine

updated 11/30/1998 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/30/1998 01:00AM

Ian Bannen, David Kelly

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Sometimes a man's job gets in the way of true love. That's the case for Pigg Finn (James Nesbitt), a pig farmer whose occupational odoriferousness causes his would-be intended (Susan Lynch) to keep her distance. The smell of money, though, changes everything for the two, just as it does for the 50 other residents of Tulaigh Morh, the fictional Irish town that is the setting for this wonderfully winning comedy by writer-director Kirk Jones.

In Waking Ned Devine, the town's titular citizen has won the Irish National Lottery. But the news so excites him that he dies of a heart attack. The entire town then conspires to fool the Lottery officials into believing that another of their old men (Kelly) is Devine, so everyone can share in the winnings.

Devine is long on charm and personality and features some excellent Irish actors. This one will have moviegoers leaving the theater with a smile as wide as the cast's brogues. (PG)

Bottom Line: Beguiling Irish comedy belongs on your must-see list

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