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The Most Fertile Man In Ireland (1999)

He’s in serious demand

Rating: 3/10

Running Time: 96 minutes

UK Certificate: 15


Probably the only remotely impressive thing about ‘The Most Fertile Man In Ireland’ is the number of Irish clichés it somehow manages to work into its ultra-flimsy plot. Guinness? Check. St. Patrick’s Day? Check. Sectarianism? Check. It’s even got The Undertones playing ‘Teenage Kicks’ at one point. All it needs is a horse galloping through a council estate and it’d have the full collectable set.

This peculiar and not-very-successful attempt at extracting laughs from a cross between whimsy and religious narrow-mindedness stars Kris ‘My Family’ Marshall as Eamon, a young man with an unusual gift. Practically every time he drops his drawers the nearest woman falls preggers – and, with an inability to have babies apparently something of a problem on the Emerald Isle, our bug-eyed protagonist suddenly finds himself in hot demand. So, alongside capitalist-minded co-worker Millicent (Bronagh Gallagher) he goes into business as a sprog-making machine.

Things get bogged down beyond belief when James Nesbitt is brought in as “Mad Dog” Billy Wilson, a bushy-browed and slightly cringe-worthy Protestant paramilitary. He wants our Eamon to use his man-juice to ensure Catholics are forever a minority group, and he’s happy to use force to get his way. If it sounds like a pile of tripe, it’s because it is.

‘The Most Fertile Man In Ireland’ is neither funny nor entertaining. Marshall is a decent talent and it’s admirable that he gives this everything he’s got, but for all his effort the film is a lost cause. It relies on incredibly old and unoriginal jokes for its laughs, including the pre-historic “I like babies, but couldn’t eat a full one”, and characters stepping in dog doo (twice). It also seems Hell-bent on making some sort of social commentary, but it’s never wholly clear what on. Bigotry? Adultery? Politics? Certainly not comedy, that’s for sure.

It's Got: A massively predictable closing scene.

It Needs: Better jokes. Much, MUCH better jokes.

DVD Extras Nothing. DVD Extras Rating: 0/10


It’s just a pity nobody considered making “The Most Funny Man In Ireland” instead. That, at least, might have provided a few laughs.