United States, 08 March 2013
This marvelous outing is a triple threat: 1) It has people to root for; 2) It is laugh-out-loud funny; and 3) It has captions (and because it takes place in Scotland, they are very, very welcome)! The screening audience (some of the men wore kilts) was appreciative and I was tickled pink.
After a hair-raising episode at a train station, we start with a number of criminals being handed down sentences by a judge. We see the accused and hear of their crimes, then we follow a handful of miscreants who have been sentenced to community service. The fellow in charge takes them on an outing to Edinburgh one weekend...to...of all places, a whiskey distillery! (It's spelled "whisky" in Scotland.)
Our principal players are:
While touring the distillery, the tour guide explains that the mysterious two percent of the liquid that quietly evaporates from the barrel each year is called "The Angels' Share." Having toured the Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, I was surprised to see how much of the process was familiar, but I still was deeply grateful for those captions!
As this is a low-budget film, the MPAA has not rated it, but I must warn you, it deals with the riff raff of Glasgow, so be prepared for a LOT of profanity, crude repartee, and a couple of brutal fistfights. Because much of the delightful humor is bawdy, it is NOT for the faint of heart. On the other hand, if you can tolerate it, you will be in for an exciting and satisfying romp!