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      The Guard

      2011, Comedy/Mystery & thriller, 1h 35m

      138 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      A violent, crackerjack comedy with a strong Irish flavor and an eminently likable Brendan Gleeson in the main role. Read critic reviews

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      A vulgar Irish cop (Brendan Gleeson) and a straight-laced American FBI agent (Don Cheadle) uncover police corruption among the former's superiors while probing a drug-trafficking ring.

      • Rating: R (Pervasive Language|Drug Material|Sexual Content|Some Violence)

      • Genre: Comedy, Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: John Michael McDonagh

      • Producer: Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez-Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe

      • Writer: John Michael McDonagh

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $5.4M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

      • Production Co: Reprisal Films, UK Film Council, Element Films

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

      Cast & Crew

      Brendan Gleeson
      Don Cheadle
      Liam Cunningham
      David Wilmot
      Rory Keenan
      Mark Strong
      Sarah Greene
      Katarina Cas
      Ed Guiney
      Martin McDonagh
      Don Cheadle
      Paul Brett
      Ralph Kamp
      Lenore Zerman
      Tim Smith
      David Nash
      Larry Smith
      Chris Gill
      Calexico
      John Paul Kelly

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      • Feb 07, 2016

        It's hard to hate this film but it's also hard to really like, The crude irish tone and dark humour works very well but the story was rushed in places, But it's clever and the ending fitted the film well.

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      • May 17, 2014

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      • Jan 20, 2014

        Here we have a very underrated comedy/crime dark comedy with hints of unapologetic racism and even some anti-Americana flavor. The 'underrated' current state of <i>The Guard</i> can be probably attributed to its misleading publicity with the same intensity that <i>The American</i> (2010) received, but there is something you must keep in mind: it was directed by John Michael McDonagh, brother of Martin McDonagh, who brought us <i>In Bruges</i> (2008). Selling itself as an R-rated comedy, but not in the way that you think, this stylish and moderate brief ride - which should and could have been longer - borrows the cop buddy formula of the 80s (that is, teaming two confrontational leading roles as cops in order to work for a common purpose), but addresses it with clever and dark humor that only European cinema can apply so effectively. It also throws sentimentalisms and a conventional development of events off shore, resulting in a very refreshing take on the genre that will only please selected audiences, which are quite difficult to tackle. To sum up, this comedy will provide you with a simple story told in an unexpected way, and it is certainly not what its covers have suggested just to increase movie theater attendance. 68/100

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      • Nov 08, 2013

        Fun while it lasts. Take that with some grains of salt.

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