Poster Boys – Strike a Pose

REVIEW/NATION
by Amina Shokarimova
22.03.2021
On March 19, the film Poster Boys (2020) premiered as part of the Irish Film Festival. Familiar plot, life jokes and beautiful editing - let's now see why this dramedy is worth your attention.
The situation on which Poster Boys is built is quite typical: a loser uncle gets a cheeky schoolboy. In Dave Minogue's film, Trevor O'Connell plays the role of such an immature uncle Al, while Ryan Minogue-Lee retains the role of the precocious Carl. The guys steal a camper-van to head on a trip through Ireland and eventually to reunite with the family. During the week they travel around the country, get into stupid situations and learn to truly love life.
Let's add some details. Al is a freelancer. A black streak has clearly begun in his life: he can't build a normal romantic relationship, there are problems with work, he is about to be kicked out of his rented apartment. Carl is a ten-year-old pupil. He is a smart ass, who sells his homework for money, for which he attracts special attention from his teacher. In a word, they are completely opposite people. Only one thing brings this independent boy closer to his infantile uncle – the feeling of loneliness.
The motive of loneliness is what accompanies the characters throughout the film. Carl's mother doesn't come to her son's football matches, arranges a "me-time" on Fridays and happily shakes him off to her brother to fly to a festival in Spain, while the whole family considers Al to be a good-for-nothing. The guys find support in each other and just live this life, separated from everyone. They travel around Ireland, put up posters in stores, play football, go to talent shows and quizzes, not without a typical scene from the amusement park.

However, on the way back home everything goes bad again. Al refuses to take his nephew to an important football match, and, to spite him, Carl removes all the photographs of the posters from the camera, thereby depriving his uncle of his job.

There is also a highlighted story in the film of Al's friend, who has recently jumped off a bridge. Three times the guys talk about the terrible situation. Carl tries to understand why people do this, and his uncle explains it with hopelessness. The climax takes place on the same bridge. Carl almost falls down when Al's hand grabs him and pulls him back. Then there are intensity of emotions, the family gathering, the fireworks. Life is starting to improve. The guys are not alone anymore.
This road movie is a great option to make your evening cozy and fun. The film is ideal for both family gatherings and for watching with friends. Despite the simple plot, the film is filled with fun moments, vibrant urban and natural landscapes and well-thought-out musical accompaniment.
 
Poster Boys – Strike a Pose
REVIEW/NATION
by Amina Shokarimova
22.03.2021
On March 19, the film Poster Boys (2020) premiered as part of the Irish Film Festival. Familiar plot, life jokes and beautiful editing - let's now see why this dramedy is worth your attention.
The situation on which Poster Boys is built is quite typical: a loser uncle gets a cheeky schoolboy. In Dave Minogue's film, Trevor O'Connell plays the role of such an immature uncle Al, while Ryan Minogue-Lee retains the role of the precocious Carl. The guys steal a camper-van to head on a trip through Ireland and eventually to reunite with the family. During the week they travel around the country, get into stupid situations and learn to truly love life.

Let's add some details. Al is a freelancer. A black streak has clearly begun in his life: he can't build a normal romantic relationship, there are problems with work, he is about to be kicked out of his rented apartment. Carl is a ten-year-old pupil. He is a smart ass, who sells his homework for money, for which he attracts special attention from his teacher. In a word, they are completely opposite people. Only one thing brings this independent boy closer to his infantile uncle – the feeling of loneliness.
The motive of loneliness is what accompanies the characters throughout the film. Carl's mother doesn't come to her son's football matches, arranges a "me-time" on Fridays and happily shakes him off to her brother to fly to a festival in Spain, while the whole family considers Al to be a good-for-nothing. The guys find support in each other and just live this life, separated from everyone. They travel around Ireland, put up posters in stores, play football, go to talent shows and quizzes, not without a typical scene from the amusement park.

However, on the way back home everything goes bad again. Al refuses to take his nephew to an important football match, and, to spite him, Carl removes all the photographs of the posters from the camera, thereby depriving his uncle of his job.

There is also a highlighted story in the film of Al's friend, who has recently jumped off a bridge. Three times the guys talk about the terrible situation. Carl tries to understand why people do this, and his uncle explains it with hopelessness. The climax takes place on the same bridge. Carl almost falls down when Al's hand grabs him and pulls him back. Then there are intensity of emotions, the family gathering, the fireworks. Life is starting to improve. The guys are not alone anymore.
This road movie is a great option to make your evening cozy and fun. The film is ideal for both family gatherings and for watching with friends. Despite the simple plot, the film is filled with fun moments, vibrant urban and natural landscapes and well-thought-out musical accompaniment.
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