THE YOUNG OF­FEND­ERS

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - pp

OUT 13 jan­uary / CERT 15 / 83 MINS Di­rec­tor Peter Foott CAST Alex Mur­phy, Chris Wal­ley, Hilary Rose, Do­minic Machale

WRITER-DI­REC­TOR PETER Foott makes a fine fea­ture bow with this hi­lar­i­ous story about two teenage mis­fits cy­cling to the west Cork coast to find a miss­ing €7 mil­lion bale of co­caine. Dodg­ing their de­spair­ing par­ents, a dogged cop and a dis­abled drug dealer, new­com­ers Mur­phy and Wal­ley bicker and ban­ter like Lau­rel and Hardy with acne and bum­fluff. But the sup­port­ing cast also ex­cels in a road romp filled with glo­ri­ous scenery, sting­ing one-lin­ers and off­beat set-pieces in­volv­ing a sticky lolly, a con­fused chicken and a bounc­ing nail gun. yet what makes this one of the best Ir­ish come­dies since 2011’s The Guard is Foott’s deft use of seem­ingly in­signif­i­cant de­tails.

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