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Amiable, absurd, amusing
on 11 September 2014
The Stags got enough going for it to make it worth a watch - an eclectic cast of characters and some ridiculous situations raise a fair few chuckles and the odd guffaw.
The set up is quick and effective - Fionnan is about to get married and against his better judgement gets roped into a stag trip in the great Irish outdoors with a few of his best buds and one very uninvited guest.Things don't go to plan though (obviously) and various hi-jinks follow - fires, flesh hungry dogs, gun toting locals, loss of clothes and more.
The cast are good, largely led by Andrew Scott (from TV's Sherlock) and Peter McDonald as "The Machine", the previously mentioned uninvited guest who almost walks off with the entire film after his introduction. There's also a few internal struggles, emotional moments and life lessons for the boys along the way. It all bubbles along ok, like I said before, there's enough gags to keep you chuckling. The ending is pure cheese but they just about get away with it.