Honest Film Review Love in Kilnerry


Love in Kilnerry has every chance to become a success. It’s an unconventional comedy with enough cliches to remember some sleeper hits about a city rising from the ashes, with a compelling narrative that can also be quite funny. Quirky characters, cronies with more than raunchy attitudes and a romantic story at the center, which at the end revolves around a message “it should always be like this”. You’ve seen this before and it worked.

But should it always work? Comedies of this style usually depend only on characters who have enough chemistry to keep us through to the end. Funny scenes also help. But you rarely see this in Love in Kilnerry, a film that works especially if it adheres to the common stereotypes in the format it remembers: playing. It’s pretty obvious that Daniel Keith is sticking to his comfort zone in a movie that’s never meant to be stressful. In the chair of the actor, the writer and the director there is only one ghost. But that doesn’t mean the movie feels consistent enough to drive us crazy.

However, it’s funny enough to make us watch. Mostly.

Something is happening in Kilnerry, a town full of elderly residents and people who really want to leave. An environmental agency has announced that the water supply needs to be cleaned and they will use a chemical with a very special side effect: those who consume the water will notice an increased libido. To the point that it needs to be announced.

The sheriff is trying to keep control, but it’s almost impossible when an entire city “wakes up” and turns into a sexually frenzied organism that cannot be controlled. This makes Love in Kilnerry a suitable setting for several vignettes shown as a result of the ecological mess.

The problem with the film is that he is too aware of its premise. There is no innovation in what you would expect from most characters, and the one in the middle is extremely attracted by her more conservative form and becomes an annoying demonstration of power. If the film is not about him, he is kind by nature.

But this is only because these minor characters are given enough screen time to confirm our suspicions about these stereotypes. You will laugh, not with all your heart, but you will.

The film is a sustainable story until some of the jokes repeat themselves and, in the midst of the raunchy aspect, it shows an innocence that doesn’t do much to make us care about its main character. This time it was not supposed to be, but sometimes I just supported her loss.

Love in Kilnerry is a comedy for the whole family. It is optimized for a general audience that does not expect much from a plot about sexual awakening in the most unlikely places and in the most unlikely population. If that makes you laugh just because of its improbability, great! You will like this!

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