I saw this movie at a film festival and really enjoyed it, but don't let the DVD cover fool you, this movie is actually more of a fun little coming of age drama/comedy than a gangster drama. Like so many indie films it has a few spotty moments, but its charms overwhelm the few problems with it.
Donal Gallery is terrific as James, the young protagonist who has to decide between learning to live to a quaint (but to him, horrible) Irish town or doing whatever it takes to get back to his idealized vision of America. The relationship with his younger brother Pete is great, as the 11 year old doesn't seem to have the conflicts his older brother has. He's content to make a life in Ireland, despite how much James tries to convince him to hold onto his American roots. There are some very sweet scenes between the two. Alessandro Nivola is also quite good as Bill the Bookie and Timothy Hutton is almost unrecognizable in a cameo turn as Bill the Breaker. I could've used a little more character expansion on those two and their relationship with James. Colm Meaney also appears as a sort of ne'er to well, and something of a father figure to our displaced anti-hero.
Oddly, the version I saw at the festival had a completely different ending - I don't want to spoil it, but it was more in keeping with the rest of the movie's tone. It was funnier and had the same wistful quality as this one. I loved it. I'm not sure why the powers that be decided to opt with this version, which is the weakest point of the film. Despite that, it's a really fresh movie that I would recommend.