Waking Ned Devine

  • Review Date: May 11, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Some funny parts, but kids may not be interested.
  • Review Date: May 11, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Some tension and some gallows humor.

Sex

Brief non-sexual nudity.

Language

Some.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking in pub.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie features an unmarried mother who refuses to disclose the father of her child. And, there is a good deal of very black humor, including some shenanigans with a dead body, which some children will find upsetting. But others who enjoy wicked jokes will find this movie delightful, and it can lead to a good discussion of the morality of the decisions made by the characters and what they are likely to do after the movie ends.

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What's the story?

Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) lives in a tiny Irish village called Tulaigh Mhor (pronounced Tully More). Like many of the other residents, he is an enthusiastic buyer of lottery tickets, and when he reads in the paper that one of the other residents has a winning ticket, he and his wife Annie (Fionnula Flanagan) and lifetime best friend Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly) do their best to discover the winner. All of their efforts fail until they realize that only one resident of the town failed to attend their dinner party -- Ned Devine. When Jackie and Michael go to his house, they discover that indeed he was the winner, and that the shock of winning caused a fatal heart attack. Reasoning that Ned, who had no relatives, would have wanted them to have his winnings, Jackie and Michael decide to pretend that one of them is Ned Devine, to collect the prize. Ultimately, every resident of Tulaigh Mhor participates in the plot, with one notable exception, the fierce and nasty Lizzy Quinn (Eileen Dromey).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

WAKING NED DEVINE has a good deal of very black humor, including some shenanigans with a dead body, which some children will find upsetting. But others who enjoy wicked jokes will find this movie delightful, and it can lead to a good discussion of the morality of the decisions made by the characters and what they are likely to do after the movie ends.

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  • Families can talk about the morality of the decisions made by the characters and what they are likely to do after the movie ends.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 15, 1998
DVD release date:June 1, 1999
Cast:David Patrick Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Ian Bannen
Director:Kirk Jones
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Misfits and underdogs
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:nudity, language and thematic elements

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Teen, 15 years old Written bymardoggie2013 April 6, 2010
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Love Waking Ned Devine!

I love this movie! It's a great movie for the family to enjoy, kids just may not find it as interesting.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bysassy007 April 9, 2008
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One of the best movies ever!

This is a great foreign film that will keep you laughing! I especially love David Kelly as Michael in this movie - but the entire cast is fantastic! A must see, especially if you enjoy films about Ireland.

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