Following its release in UK cinemas this weekend where it received glowing reviews, the Irish Box-Office smash hit The Young Offenders is now available to view across online platforms in Ireland including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Eir.
The comedy, which has grossed over €1.2m to date at the Irish box office and is still playing in Omniplex Mahon Point in Cork and Vue Liffey Valley in Dublin, received critical acclaim in the UK over the weekend and has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Here are what some of the critics have been saying:
“Touching, tender, really funny and really charming” Mark Kermode, BBC
“The humour here is spot on – it’s the most perceptive comic portrait of the adolescent male since The Inbetweeners” Wendy Ide, The Guardian, 4 stars
“Packed with warmth and wit” Time Out, 4 stars
Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, The Young Offenders follows two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of cocaine. It’s the debut feature from Peter Foott and introduces new acting talent Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in the lead roles with comedians Hilary Rose and PJ Gallagher also starring.
Since its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh last summer where it was awarded Best Irish Feature (sharing with A Date for Mad Mary), The Young Offenders has gone on to charm Irish and international audiences alike. It picked up an Honourable Mention for Best Comedy at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, picked up three awards at the LA Comedy Festival, the largest comedy festival in the US and was well received at the BFI London International Film Festival back in late 2016. The film will soon be seen by audiences across the globe with numerous international distribution deals done, starting with the UK from this weekend.
The DVD will be released in Ireland on March 10th in time for St Patrick’s Day.