This was a lot of fun.
I was laughing throughout. But it was a sly, British, humour, not
slapstick. The old men riding the moped naked through the streets,
showing their wrinkles and behinds, to the pig farmer, and his stink,
and the chicken dinner that Michael thinks is intestines, are all a type
of humour that the British do best.
The story goes from funny, to silly, to insane. The two
men who want to befriend the unknown lottery winner set up a chicken dinner
to become best friends. But he doesn't show up, and they can't figure
it out. They've spent so much money on him or her, but nobody has
They go to Ned's house, because he didn't show up, and find him
dead, the winning lottery ticket in his hand, and a smile on his face.
The story is so full of Irish one-liners that it really can't be described.
The two old men decide to pose as Ned, and the lottery man shows
up looking for information. He tells Michael, who ends up posing
as Ned, that he has won over 7 million pounds! I think Michael nearly
died that time, too! But because Ned signed the back of his ticket,
the man has to verify that this is in fact Ned.
This is when they have to get the town behind the façade.
They make everybody sign a pact that they will say Michael is Ned, in exchange
for an equal part of the cheque. One woman does not. She is
the witch of the town, played perfectly in a battery-operated wheel-car.
She wants ten percent, and they agree to give it to her (without any intention
of doing so), otherwise she'd call the lottery commission and tell them
about the fraud.
But the lottery man comes again during the funeral for Ned!
So he finds the whole town empty! He enters the church, just as one
of the old men is beginning a eulogy to Ned. Of course, he changes
the name to Michael! It is so funny to watch as Michael listens to
his own eulogy.
The town gets the cheque, but the witch doesn't get her part
of it, so she "drives" out to the local telephone booth, several kilometers
up the road, to phone the commission. One of the best scenes in the
movie comes at this point, when the town is saved by a swerving car that
catapults the telephone booth, with the witch inside it, over a cliff.
Truly enjoyable, in a sly way. It was really fun to watch
these good friends banter back and forth, digging themselves deeper and
deeper into the mess, until they need the help of the whole town!
And old Ned gets the last laugh, as Maggie, seemingly the only eligible bachelorette in the town, reveals the father of her young son.