Stephen Frears directs this comedy drama, based on the novel by Roddy 'The Commitments' Doyle. When Bimbo Reeves (Donal O'Kelly) is made redundant from his job in Dublin, he begins hanging around with his unemployed friend Larry (Colm Meaney). Larry convinces Bimbo to use his redundancy money to buy a van, from which the pair intend to sell fish and chips to the crowds massing for the 1990 World Cup. Even if they make a go of the fast food business, can their friendship stand the strain?
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This is the third film adapted from a fictional trilogy by Irish writer Roddy Doyle about families living in a working-class Dublin neighborhood. The first was director Alan Parker's smashing music mockumentary The Commitments and the second was the hilarious comedy The Snapper, directed by Stephen Frears. Frears also directs this film, which is about two unemployed buddies who convert a dilapidated van into Bimbo's Burgers, a mobile fast-food joint selling fish and chips and hamburgers. Bimbo (Donal O'Kelly) is the brains behind the operation, while his slacker friend Larry (Colm Meany) is his bumbling helper. They first set up shop outside a pub to capture patrons streaming out after watching a telecast of Ireland playing in the World Cup. When Ireland is eliminated, the bumbling entrepreneurs move to a forlorn beach. They get the help of Larry's daughter Diane (Neili Conroy) and son Kevin (Rauidhuri Conroy), who soon becomes so disgusted with the fare that he becomes a vegetarian. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...The Van