A Date for Mad Mary

A Date for Mad Mary

A Date for Mad Mary

Comedy-drama sees "Mad" Mary McArdle return to Drogheda after a short spell in prison for something she'd rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a 'plus one' on the grounds that she probably couldn't find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong.

2016Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language82 minsIreland
ComedyDrama

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A Date for Mad Mary / Reviews

Flicks, Maria Walls

Flicks, Maria Walls

Meet Mary: fresh from the slammer (post a short stay for a truculent nightclub attack on another female). Mad? Less crazy, more irate, Mary is defiant, candid, questioning - and increasingly typecast in her small-minded hometown of Drogheda (one of Dublin’s oldest villages). Shot in warm cinematic hues, this setting is initially homely and appealing. But the atmosphere is quickly turned up too high, pushing it into hotly uncomfortable territory. In Drogheda everyone knows your business. The parochial pressure of sameness and the cruelty dealt by an expectation of so-called normality overbears and constricts: it’s sincerely mean-spirited.

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Variety

Variety

Mad Mary is a delight, especially for its rounded supporting characters, its skewering use of language, and the pinpoint accuracy of its observations of life in this specific time and place.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

For his debut, Darren Thornton delivers the love child of Weekend and Once, with Seána Kerslake (Dollhouse) delivering a breakout performance.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Kerslake and Lee leave enough of an impression to be able to use this film as a gateway to greater things.

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