The Young Offenders, 2016 - ★★★★★

After a difficult week, this gleefully rackety film was just the ticket. Two young Cork lads (Conor and Jock) - who are not overly burdened by common sense - hatch a plan to steal bikes and cycle 160 km to the tip of Cork to try to find a missing bale of cocaine from a smuggler’s shipwreck, thereby making their fortune.

What they lack in brains, they make up for in chutzpah and a rather touching bond of friendship. Their road trip is full of physical and verbal comedy, but there’s also a darker, sadder element to balance it out, as both boys have dysfunctional families.

The lads speak so fast that it takes a few minutes to adjust to the Cork accent, but from then on their chat is a treat. The music is wonderful too, and you’ll end up with a persistent Sultans of Ping earworm by the end.

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