The O'Briens

 (262)6.51 h 23 min2013X-Ray16+
Two years after the death of his wife, an Irish father summons home his two sons & daughter, causing all to fear the worst, but he is not the only one with a secret...
Richard Waters
Liam McMahonEmmett HughesTommy O'Neill
English [CC]
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Slaine Kelly
Slaine KellyEmmett HughesRichard KearneyCiara ByrneSean FeeAlison Scarff
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Chi-GirlReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2018
4.0 out of 5 starsDecent Irish film
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My rating is 3-1/2 stars but weren't not allowed to do a half so I upped it to 4 stars, which is also a close rating. As an Irish American, I love Irish shows, especially those with wit. I really enjoyed the characters and story, with one exception: Garrett O'Brien's character was so dull. SO OVER THE TOP RIDICULOUSLY ANGRY AND WHINEY AND PATHETIC. The story about Garrett and his deeper issues is stellar. So the actor overplayed it or was asked to overplay it, and it didn't work. He could have played sulky or upset without the fake, dramatic anger. Everyone else in the cast are first, beautiful people - seriously beautiful. Second, good actors. The blonde sister, xxxx Kelly, started out way over the top angry mom and wife, but also seemed more cultivated by the middle. Of course the storyline had changed by then too. Overall, worth watching - just don't get put off from the overly dramatic anger and high school tantrums.
3 people found this helpful
azulchicaReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2014
4.0 out of 5 starsMore irish romantic comedy please
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Feel good, lighthearted, all turns out at the end, romantic comedy if you like that with simple plot and beautiful Ireland as back drop you too will enjoy this film . If you looking for a plot twisting intellectual thriller look else where. Slaine Kelly to me was the best to watch in this sweet film with no noir.
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prisrobReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2014
3.0 out of 5 starsAll About Nothing, Really
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The countryside is gorgeous, Galway, Ireland what's not to like? The actors mostly up and coming, none of whom I recognized, the storyline, tried and true.

A dad, calls his three children home, he has something he wants to talk about. Is he ill, is he in trouble, what is going on? The three children all return home, one with her husband and two children, one with his current girl in tow, and one all by himself. The secret it turns out is not too scary. And, all of the children bring secrets of their own. This is billed as a dysfunctional modern Irish family, but, in reality, it is a normal family coming together two years after the death of their mother.

There are some fun times, lots of boring, nothing really said times, fair acting, but nothing in this film grabs you to really want to know more. The scenery is the best bet, and there is a lot to see. We visit pubs where everyone gets drunk, children's playground, cemetery, and scenes of the farm, which looks nice enough. Which does make me wonder how the dad all by himself kept the place looking so good. When all is said and done there is no big family meeting to settle things, it seems it is all done in small groups, or by looks, but we are not privy to too much of the conversation.
Really a film for Seinfeld fans, about nothing.

Recommended For The Scenery. prisrob 02-22-14
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MarisaReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2018
4.0 out of 5 starsDidn't get as much of my work done as I would have liked because the movie was quite enjoyable
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Rainy Saturday here. Picked movie to play in the background while I did some work. Didn't get as much of my work done as I would have liked because the movie was quite enjoyable.
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BKLYNReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsAh, sure, aren't we all?
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Yes, it's the O'Briens, but fill in any other name and it's a family of today, with all of today's feelings, quirks, loves, prejudices. These are your neighbors, likable or not, human just the same, and ultimately a nice street to live on. Wonderfully and believably acted; beautiful scenery, green and lush. You'll enjoy the tour, even if you think you know where's it's going.
4 people found this helpful
DENISE JOHARIE HOLDERReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsIreland is everything
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I actually loved ❤ this film. It was all about love, relationships, secrets & lies. The location was spectacular which is why Ireland 🇮🇪 has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I love Irish, British & Australian films/shows.
Inquisitive SeekerReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsReturn home and discover what is important!
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I chose this movie because of my love for all things Irish and I was not let down! I like that this movie is simply about a family who reunites for an important announcement and the viewer discovers each family member and how they not only react to being back at the house they grew up in but they discover things about themselves and that it is important to be happy! The world needs more “feel good” movies!

Anything Ireland has NEVER let me down!

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ELLE DUBReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsFeel good Irish flick
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Haters gonna hate. That's the only way I can rationalize the low ratings. This is an enjoyable film with plenty of Irish scenery and culture to satisfy an incessant craving for travel during this pandemic.
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