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Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Gem of a comedy."

Rita Kempley - Style section, "Uproarious portrait of Dublin's blue-collar class."

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'The Van'

Scene from this movie An out-of-work dad and husband, Larry has taken to unemployment like a bird to the skies. He hasn't the slightest care in the world. When his industrious friend, Bimbo, gets riffed, however, Larry's peaceable existence is over. He welcomes Bimbo to the jobless, pint-sipping fold. But Bimbo's miserable without work. And when he learns about a run-down, old hamburger truck, he recruits Larry to help.

A thorough cleaning session later, the van ... dubbed Bimbo's Burgers ... is ready to roll: literally. It has no engine. But with a car and cable, they can tow it from place to place. Enlisting Larry's daughter as their pretty, short-order assistant, they park the van outside their local pub and wait. The house is full of soccer fans, watching a critical World Cup game for Ireland. The game's over, but they still haven't come out. The chipper trio waits. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: Stephen Frear
Cast: Colm Meany; Donal O'Kelly
Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Filmography: Colm Meaney