Whole Lotta Sole

Whole Lotta Sole

(2011)

From the writer-director of Hotel Rwanda comes this UK crime comedy about a father in debt to the mob who finds himself in a police standoff after robbing the wrong fish market. Stars Brendan Fraser, Yaya Alafia (The Kids Are All Right) and Martin McCann (Clash of the Titans).

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For Oscar-nominated writer and director Terry George, Whole Lotta Sole is new territory. Usually drawn to dark subject matter (Hotel Rwanda; In the Name of the Father), here he aims for whimsical and funny – with mixed results.... More

George and fellow screenwriter Thomas Gallagher have penned smart, edgy dialogue and a script packed with high stakes gangster shenanigans, farcical capers and mistaken identities. But the lack of any particularly likeable protagonists – other than Colm Meaney’s no-nonsense Detective Weller – make it difficult to root for anyone. Brendan Fraser gives an underwhelming performance as Joe, an American Mr Nice Guy escaping his crazy wife to look after his cousin’s antique store, while romancing Sophie, (Yaya Alafia) another outsider who works across the street.

Although modern Belfast is brought to life, with its quaint shop fronts and eccentric characters, the rest of the film is as visually enticing as the grey weather, the tone a murky mix of crime and lacklustre comedy. As Joe’s life becomes increasingly entangled with Jimmy, a desperate new dad who robs the local fish market and winds up in trouble with local gangster Mad Dog Flynn (David O’Hara), confusion sets in. Sole appears to be aiming for the grit of Snatch and the comic absurdity of In Bruges, only there aren’t enough laughs to pull it off.

By the end, things have inevitably built to a climactic heist scene. But while cleverly constructed, it lacks the funnybone necessary to save this from becoming as forgettable as a wet fish.Hide


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This is both a drama and comedy, not too over the top but worth a look. The story is a bit weak but as long as you do not get too serious about it, you should come away with a smile at the finish. My rating would be 3.5 stars but flicks do not allow that yet (or I have not figured how to do halfs yet).


The Press Reviews

  • An uncharacteristically lighthearted entry from Terry George that piles on the Irish whimsy but satisfies on its own modest terms. Full Review

  • Starts pleasantly if formulaically enough, then loses its grip amid a series of plot contrivances that mix uninspired broad humor with melodramatic and sentimental elements. Full Review