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|COMFORT AND JOY (director/writer: Bill Forsyth; cinematographer: Chris Menges; editor: Michael Ellis; music: Mark Knopfler; cast: Bill Paterson (Alan 'Dicky' Bird), Eleanor David (Maddy), C.P. Grogan (Charlotte ), Patrick Malahide (Colin), Alex Norton (Trevor), Roberto Bernardi (Mr McCool), George Rossi (Bruno), Ricky Fulton (Hilary); Runtime: 106; MPAA Rating: PG; producers: Davina Belling/Clive Parsons; Universal Studios Home Video; 1984-UK)|
by Dennis Schwartz
writer-director Bill Forsyth ("Local Hero"/"Being
Human"/"Gregory's Girl") creates a quirky comedy about
popular local early-morning Glasgow radio DJ, Alan 'Dicky' Bird (Bill
Patterson), and his travails about finding a soul
mate. Alan is depressed during Christmas time when his
live-in shoplifter girlfriend Maddy (Eleanor David)
leaves him and takes with her the apartment furniture.
Life now seems meaningless to the DJ, until he gets
involved as a mediator in an ice cream war over territory between Mr
McCool and Mr Bunny. Both are part of the Scottish
Mafia and are involved in vandalizing each other's ice
The pic loses much of its
comedy as it seriously explores how someone suffering
a great loss can once again find meaning in life, as
the director searches for a more profound comedy. The
Dicky Bird regains self-esteem by taking himself
seriously (perhaps like the director), but the station
boss (Ricky Fulton) thinks this change in his DJ's
personality means he is going crazy and asks the
lawyers if there's a sanity clause in the contract.
It's not top-shelf Forsyth,
but it's whimsical and endearing. The sympathetic Patterson carries the pic.
REVIEWED ON 3/22/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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