Divorcing Jack details
|Starring:||Jason Isaacs, Richard Gant, Rachel Griffiths, Robert Lindsay, Laura Fraser, David Thewlis|
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Excellent Brit Flick based in Northern IrelandBy Stuart Mann from Poulton , 17 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]having read the book first (by Colin Bateman) i was interested to see how the film compared and was pleasantly suprised. David Thewlis is excellent as Dan Starkey, the drunken cynical and sarcastic Reporter who is caught up in events out of his control, and he brings Batemans character to life exactly as i hoped. The futility of 'the troubles' are made clear to those of us who live outside of Northern Ireland whilst the comedy moments provided by Starkey make you laugh out loud. If youve read Bateman you will know how his stories border on farce, but he always manages to bring everything together well,and the result is the same with this film. Only slightly spoilt by Robert Lindseys terrible Irish accent as the would be Prime Minister
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Brilliantly trueBy Cords (2 reviews) , 28 Jul 2011As I am from Northern Ireland, I really loved watching this movie and being able to point out different locations from the movie that I had been from. I also enjoyed the irony of the movie and would recommend it to anyone doing Northern Irish history at GCSE level. It's funny, witty and has English characters trying to do Belfast accents badly, what more in a movie could you want?
Absolutely crackingBy Rick-Deck (19 reviews) from London , 12 Jun 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis film is an adaption of the excellent book by Colin 'Bateman' . Won an award i've never heard of.
Somehow the image of a Nun with gun was amusing and I picked it up.
This film like the book follows Dan Starkey a NI journalist and his attempts to avaid the I.R.A, British government, RUC, U.D.A and more after accidentially murdering his girlfriend's mum!
Thiswouldn't be so bad if it were not for the fact that his girlfriend has been murdered, they think he did it & His wife has been kidnapped
Really dark and really funny.+
Underrated 90s Brit FlickBy mikey1974 (4 reviews) from London , 31 Mar 2011Whilst it suffers in comparison with other 90s indie films (it ain't Trainspotting), this comedy thriller has stood the test of time. You could certainly do worse than spend your time watching good actors attack and a witty unpredictable script.
Not like the book - much less readingBy CC from Fife , 02 Nov 2010Based on the book by Colin Bateman (who also wrote the screenplay), Divorcing Jack is the story of a Belfast journalist who likes a beer. After falling asleep on a park bench after a few, he wakes to find a female student studying him with interest. They chat, and she is invited to a party at his place that where events take a dramatic turn - resulting in murder and affecting both his marriage and the political future of the country.
This is a fast paced whodunnit, with a cracking sense of black humour. It must have been fairly low key when it was released (1998?) although it contains a good number of well known names - David Thewlis, Rachel Griffths, Jason Isaac, Robert Lindsay, Laura Fraser are a few of the recognisable faces. The script keeps you smiling and the story keeps you guessing.
For me, the main flaw with the film was the lack of subtitles, which frustrates us as we have young kids in bed and thin walls. There was no hiding away from choice expletives, and a touch of violence and blood - no bad thing in my book but not to everone's tastes. Oh, and some of the fashion was criminal...
A good, fun British thriller.
Not bad, but not good eitherBy jcthefirst (7 reviews) from Bangor , 10 Jun 2009Everything that was in the book was in there, but everything also just seemed a bit off.
Scenes were given no time to breathe, and the actors weren't incredibly convincing, aside from Starkey himself. But the story pulled me through.
And Robert Lindsay's Northern Irish accent was atrocious.