Review by: Graeme Kay | Rating:
AMIABLE, if rather predictable, British comedy, set in the backend
of the Scottish Highlands.
Tullybridge is the kind of small rural town where nothing happening
is a big event.
Its inhabitants are mostly unemployed, and those who do work
barely make ends meet from what little they earn from the tourist
Fitz (Jamie Sives), Nellie (Iain Robertson) and Seany (Kevin
McKidd) spend their days and their dole in the pub - Fitz and
Nellie in front of the bar, Seany behind it.
While Seany and Nellie seem resigned to their uneventful existence,
Fitz dreams of escaping to Glasgow with his girlfriend Barbara
He has even managed to save up £500 to fund their migration.
Unfortunately, there is a problem: before Fitz can leave the
town behind, he must find shelter for his incapable father in
a residential home.
This, he is informed will mean waiting a further 18 months, unless
he can grease the home-owner's palm to the tune of £1,000.
All looks up for Fitz until he and Nellie - doing a spot of unofficial
undertaking - find a gold nugget in the dead hand of one of their
It is quite a sizeable nugget too, and it seems that Fitz has
found the means to fund his father's admittance to the home.
However, it's not long before the town's undesirable elements
hear abut Fitz's find - and they want in.
So will Fitz find someway to capitalise on his find without having
to give a sizeable cut to the local villains?
There's nothing particularly wrong with this film, all involved
give proficient, if not exactly dazzling performances, and there
some genuine funny moments of Scottish wit and farcical lunacy.
The problem is that it's no more remarkable than an episode
of Monarch of the Glen.
The question is, would you pay cinema entrance money to see an
episode of the latter?
No. Then wait for the video. There are worse ways to spend an