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A naive young Irishman starts a relationship with a sexy call girl; and together they hatch a plan to open a brothel using the proceeds from the farm he recently inherited.


Tom Hall


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Domhnall Gleeson ... Donal
Patrick Ryan ... Karl
Luanne Gordon Luanne Gordon ... Courtney / Kim
Marie O'Neill Marie O'Neill ... Marie
Owen Roe ... Liam
Kelly Campbell ... Melanie
Lalor Roddy ... Mossy
Karen Scully Karen Scully ... Waitress
Gemma Mae Halligan Gemma Mae Halligan ... Orla
John Kelly John Kelly ... RTC Instructor
Shadaan Felfeli Shadaan Felfeli ... Ahmed
Brendan McCormack ... Ronan Burke / Garda
Eleanor Methven Eleanor Methven ... Rosemary
Tracy Anne Green ... Monica (as Tracy Green)
Madalina Alexe Madalina Alexe ... Alicia
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Donal is twenty-six years old and lives on a remote farm in Tipperary with his aging dad. His best friend is Karl, a slobby security guard who hangs out on the farm when he has no place better to do. Donal is too shy and has never had a girlfriend, though he has a large stash of tattered porn magazines he hides in a field away from his father. When his dad dies unexpectedly, he considers getting out of farming, and decides to treat himself to a visit from a prostitute. Kim, a New Zealand expatriate who uses the professional name "Courtney," quickly relieves his virginity, and when she mentions her desire to set up an escort service, he's eager to help, knowing he's not the only lonely farmer in Tipperary. He begins selling off his livestock to finance Kim's new project and gives her some more business besides. As the business becomes a success, he develops something resembling confidence and even works up the nerve to ask the pretty check out girl at the local market on a date. But ... Written by Jason Buchanan

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The script needs more work
2 January 2012 | by mart-burtonSee all my reviews

The movie starts with an attention-grabbing scene of the Irish character Donal (Domhnall Gleeson) finding a place to masturbate with a girlie mag on his father's farm. He stops when he realizes the sheep are watching him. Donal's father sits dead on the stair lift when the farm lad arrives home, but Donal casually takes his time to bring him down by pushing the remote. Looking at a sex site, Donal then phones the attractive Courtenay (Luanne Gordon) to meet for sex, but she asks, and he agrees, to meet first at a café. He asks her to stay for dinner because he is hungry. Then strangely she says she is not used to such things as Donal interpreting the web profile saying she enjoys "going out to dinner" when her clients don't have to. The next scenes show that Donal wants to woo her like a girlfriend but unusually she seems slow to catch on to this. They connect at last and decide to go into the prostitution business together using the farm sale money. There is an argument in the 4WD between the two main characters which seemed like the most real scene in the movie to me, and made me keep watching. The boy-meets-girl movie then turns into a different movie – a pimp grows out of needing the girl movie. This is where the script needs work. Oops too late. The pace and scenes speed up so unrealistically when Donal suddenly becomes pimp-wise, so it then lost it for me. As a movie with current Irish feel and with the difference of having a NZ girl love interest, the movie has some intrigue. But as a movie portraying a highly-sexed Irish farm lad supposedly becoming a knowledgeable pimp the movie disintegrates.

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