Picks and Pans Review: When Brendan Met Trudy
The title's echo of 1989's When Harry Met Sally...is intentional. Brendan (McDonald), the leading man of this appealing little Irish romantic comedy, is an uptight Dublin schoolteacher who is mad for the movies. When he meets Trudy (Montgomery), a free spirit who tells him that she works in a shop, she agrees to go to a vintage foreign film with him but only if the movie's in color. Brendan, it seems, has much to teach this lass.
Trudy, it turns out, is the one who will be doing the instructing—about life, love and the joy of stealing. When Brendan, based on an original script by Irish novelist Roddy Doyle (The Commitments) and snappily directed by newcomer Kieron J. Walsh, features appealing performances by its two leads and a chipper charm throughout. (Not rated)
Bottom Line: An emerald from the isle