The Snapper is Stephen Frears's adaptation of the second book in Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy. The Curley family is a poor but eccentric and loving Irish family. Oldest daughter Sharon (Tina Kellegher) announces she is pregnant, but refuses to reveal the identity of the father to anyone. Her father, Dessie (Colm Meaney), is supportive, but begins to chafe at the derisive gossip aimed at his family and his daughter. This leads to a confrontation between the two that is, like the rest of the movie, simultaneously funny and sad. The family waits in the hospital as Sharon gives birth to the snapper (Irish slang for an infant). The other books in the Barrytown Trilogy were also adapted into films featuring Colm Meaney as the father: The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker, and The Van, directed by Stephen Frears. Doyle had a hand in the screenplay for all three. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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This movie shows the contradictory approaches of the audience on either side of the atlantic. It is an Irish movie that, for an Irish audience, is poignant but very funny. When watching with american friends we found that they saw almost no humor and were struck by the desperate conditions of the young woman. I very much enjoyed the movie but then I am Irish....
To me, this was a charming story of a loving family. I believed every minute and found great humor in the realistic depiction of this family, a family that is deeply functional in its own way. The actors are all good, but Colm Meaney as the father gives an outstanding performance - a man who shows his love mostly with deeds not words.
If the fact that a teenager is pregnant, is embarrassed but not guilt-ridden and is keeping the baby offends you - well, stay away. But this American had a great time with this movie.
By the way, Yanks may want to watch the movie with the subtitles on - the Irish accents are pretty thick.