• Publication date: January 19, 2010

Escaping Troubles Jimmy: a local pub owner for the first time

Directed and written by John Eyres, Irish Jam is a film that amazingly gathers the elements of romance and comedy, starring Eddie Griffin.

Directed and written by John Eyres, Irish Jam is a film that amazingly gathers the elements of romance and comedy, starring Eddie Griffin.

Jimmy McDevitt (Griffin) is a Los Angeles conman getting into all sorts of trouble. He is on the run from his ex-fianc� (MoNique) who he stood up at the altar and is dodging his landlord because he cannot pay his rent.

With the hopes of escaping his troubles, Jimmy enters a poetry contest sponsored by a small town in Ireland, which is controlled by a greedy man. However, the only thing he does not control is the local pub.

As the villagers are unable to make the payments to support the pub, they decide to offer this poetry contest with a small entry fee to raise the money needed to keep the pub. Jimmy wins by plagiarizing a rap song and submitting it to the locals. As the winner of the contest Jimmy travels to Ireland to become a first time local pub owner. Accordingly, the stage is set for a hilarious clashing of two entirely different worlds.

This transparent romantic comedy unfolds fairly predictably, relying on lots of simplistically-drawn stereotypes, such as its portrayal of the Irish as hot-headed drunkards and blacks as superficial simpletons.

Director John Eyres chose a wonderful cast for his film, including Anna Friel as Maureen Duffy, Kevin R. McNally as Lord Hailstock, Tom Georgeson as Father James Duffy, Dudley Sutton as Pat Duffy, Tallulah Pitt-Brown as Kathleen Duffy, Tony Maudsley as Brian McNulty, Marion O'Dwyer as Donna, Vass Anderson as Mr. Pettikreep, Petey Pablo as Jimmy's street pot customer, and Mo'Nique as "Psycho".

The movie was released on March 14, 2006. It runs for 94 minutes.