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The Angels' Share

By REBECCA JACOBSON
Although the Scottish slang spoken in The Angels' Share is slightly more comprehensible than that in Trainspotting, this heartwarming yarn of a thug turned good might still make viewers yearn for subtitles. Fortunately, though, the goofy heist plot is simple enough you should be fine with only a 30 percent grasp of the dialogue: Four young Glaswegians sentenced to community service after minor offenses hatch a scheme to pilfer some very pricey Scotch whisky. Headed up by new father Robbie (real-life ex-con Paul Brannigan, a wiry and endearing presence with a short fuse), the clumsy quartet dons some tartan and tromps to the misty Scottish Highlands, along the way hitchhiking with nuns, developing their whisky noses and unleashing plenty of potty humor. The film is genial enough, with its lighthearted jokes and sugary soundtrack tempered by director Ken Loach’s periodic injections of leftist social commentary.
 

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  • Genres: Comedy drama
  • Running Time: 101 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, June 1, 2012
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: B-
  • Starring: John Henshaw [Harry], Gary Maitland [Albert], William Ruane [Rhino], Roger Allam [Thaddeus], Paul Brannigan [Robbie], Jasmin Riggins [Mo], Siobhan Reilly [Leonie]
  • Directed by: Ken Loach [Director], Paul Laverty [Screenwriter], Rebecca O'Brien [Producer], Robbie Ryan [Cinematographer], Jonathan Morris [Film Editor], Kahleen Crawford [Casting], Fergus Clegg [Production Design], Zoe Wight [Art Director]
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