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Carlos Prime [Celluloid 09.25.16] comedy

We all remember getting into trouble as adolescents, right? Particularly, engaging in tremendously reckless behavior that our parents never approved of and ended up getting us into even deeper trouble because we tried to fix it ourselves?

Just be glad, deep in reminiscence, that you never convinced your friend to tag along with you on a half-developed scheme to steal millions of dollars worth of cocaine.

In the quiet southern Irish town of Cork, there’s a couple of boys with too much free time and too little in the ways of knowledge. Jock, the impetus behind the duo’s shenanigans, has a pretty rough home life- abusive father, no mother. Conor (who refuses to admit he styles every bit of himself after Jock), has a lifestyle that is the yin to Jock’s broken home yang.

News reports of a crashed drug shipment off the Irish coast cause a (very dim) light bulb to pop up in Jock’s mind- steal a parcel of shored cocaine and become the ballers they always wanted to be, finally escaping the doldrums of Cork. The only problem is they’ve no feckin’ clue what they’re doing.

The brilliance behind The Young Offenders lies in its ability to remind you of how stupid you undoubtedly were at this age. Whether it’s putting on an unpracticed persona to impress others or just failing to communicate something simple to a loved one- you’ve been there.

The main characters are as idiotic as they are charming, conveying such a well-blended balance of heart and desperation. Petty theft and sleight-of-hand are daily routines for Jock and Conor, having essentially been raised on the streets. As talented as they seem in regards of charisma and survivability, it’s clear with every mention of their upbringing they passionately desire to escape their desolate surroundings. The opportunity of shaking loose their old digs and creating better lives via drug kingpin wealth is a motivation worn on the sleeves of the vulgar duo.

Small trust-building exercises, narrow escapes, and a rather poignant scene illustrating exactly how we get those delicious chicken nuggets on our tables keep the two adolescents on an excitingly dangerous journey of self-growth and hilarity.

Brimming with youthful energy, and peppered with superbly funny situations, Peter Foott’s first feature film The Young Offenders is not one to miss.

Dumb & Dumber meets The Inbetweeners.

Recommended Release: Inbetweeners

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