When Bimbo, played by Donal O'Kelly, gets his pink slip from the
bakery, he gets a grand idea: to sell fast food from a ramshackled
van outside the pubs where everyone watches the soccer matches. Colm
Meaney as his best friend, Larry, is welcomed aboard the van as his
full partner, leaving behind his unemployment checks. They are not
the best entrepreneurs, but the idea is a hot one and the World Cup
matches guarantee success. If only Bimbo and Larry's friendship can
withstand success. It is Roddy Doyle's gift to be able to get inside
of people and make a universal statement using his Irish settings.
And it is to our delight that he has been able to make such a
tremendous drama. "In Ireland it is impossible to have comedy
without tragedy ... or tragedy without comedy." says Brendan
O'Carroll. And that pretty well sums up "The Van" philosophy. Rated
R, from Fox Searchlight.
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