"Black Irish" is a captivating, moving, faithfully rendered, coming of age story set in south Boston. It lifts the veil and enables us to see how resentment, self-righteousness, alcoholism, lack of self-control and rebelliousness tear families and communities apart. It also shows how destructive the tendency to divide life up into sacred and secular compartments can be. The McKay family could have benefited from the belief that God can be exalted on a baseball diamond or in any proper job. The movie shows how pain can sometimes bring people together, and it does all of this with a blend of pathos and humor. For example, I loved the scene when Mrs. McKay asks Terry to forgive her, but I also loved Cole's first date scene. Warning: first dates can be harmful to birds and to audience members who laugh too hard. Rated R for some thematic elements, language and brief violence.