The Guardian 16 Nov 1983: 2. People struggle to survive in this city in whatever way they can, even if it means selling ice cream for a living. It gave people a sense of local identity when they heard people on the radio who talked like them. Comfort and Joy Genre Romance Comedy Drama Written by Judd Parkin Directed by Starring Jordy Benattar Maria Herrera Theme music composer Country of origin United States Original language s English Production Producer s Cathy Mickel Gibson Cinematography Checco Varese Editor s Keith Reamer Running time 89 min. The life of Jane Berry was all materialist, until one Christmas Eve, she is involved in a car accident that changes her life forever.
It's instructive to look at Bill Forsyth's mid-Eighties comedy in light of the Alan Partridge cycle of television shows, in which Steve Coogan portrayed a monstrously egotistical radio presenter completely unaware of the fact that everyone hates him, and would rather see him off the airwaves as soon as possible. He's subtle, silent, often bemused. In the ersatz world of jingles, pop music, and inane chatter, he is a big star; to everyone else he is nothing but a pain. Bill Paterson and the rest of the cast mostly do a decent job, but on the whole they can not save the so-so script from falling further apart toward the end. Bill Forsyth was an exceedingly strange filmmaker.
For example: the several scenes with Dickie Bird interacting with the daughters of his married surgeon friend. The whole film, in its structure, tone, and details, is probably completely foreign to an American audience, yet at the same time, it is totally accessible, because the characters and situations are absolutely universal; this storyline could probably be tweaked slightly and set in any other country. No matter how outrageously a woman behaves she is quite capable of a neat verbal inversion and in this case the Maddy character plays a blinder with some classic and deftly delivered put downs. It's also an unsung Christmas movie, good to check out if you're tired of seeing It's a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story over and over. Yes, it is small up to a point, but with the two rivaling gangs included, there is an obvious attempt at a bigger story, even if it tries to downplay this with some easy, silly twists.
In this way, we understand why he is willing to go to such absurd lengths to find a compromise between two battling ice cream proprietors. It would had been easy to make his character bitter or a smarmy smart Alec. The other actors -- including the Italians who own Mr. Their world deserves to be recognized, even though very different from English life at the same time. Though the film tries to tell a sympathetic, small and humorous story, it does not fully accomplish to do so. In the ersatz world of jingles, pop music, and inane chatter, he is a big star; to everyone else he is nothing but a pain.
One day, he goes for a drive to take his mind off his troubles. The film is replete with memorable cameos, from Scottish actor Rikki Fulton's Hilary - Alan's smooth-talking boss who thinks his star employee has gone barking mad - to C. But then anyone who knows their movies will expect nothing less from writer and director Bill Forsyth who has a real ability for delivering comedies which feature real people with various layers to make them as entertaining as the humorous storyline. But in doing so Allan finds himself in the midst of a turf war between rival ice cream sellers as a group of men set about the ice cream van with baseball bats. We have the owner fighting back with squirty raspberry sauce and strawberry ice cream whilst one of the men in an ice cream covered balaclava spots and recognizes Allan and asks for an autograph.
On a Christmas, when she is driving to a company party, she gets lost in her , has an accident and hits a pole. This movie is a feel good movie no matter what the year it was made in, It's a good laugh as well. Radio host Alan Bird witnesses how an ice cream van is attacked and destroyed by an angry competitor. It is good fun but that is all. We sat through it and heard the nuns behind us complain about it.
Bill Paterson as Alan Bird enters into this world like someone who'd been sleepwalking. You will like some movies more than others, but they're all gems - the antithesis of the Hollywood movie that has to come out of the screen and grab you, yank you. He then goes back and forth between them and Trevor and Charlotte later revealed to be McCool's rebellious daughter , trying to negotiate a peaceful settlement. It appeals both to Trevor's fish and chips frying background as well as Mr. McCool -- are the kind of low key caricatures that Forsyth knows how to draw so carefully that they never go over the edge. What makes Bill Forsyth's film so endearing is the way he shows so many people making mountains out of emotional and personal windmills.
Production company s Distributor Release Original network Lifetime Original release December 1, 2003 Comfort and Joy is a 2003 American directed by and starring as Jane Berry. At times the plot slows down to the point of drudgery. However the film needs more than this for its heart and soul and Forsyth just could not provide anything more substantial. Whether Dicky or the girl entered into the relationship was never revealed but the potential for them to 'get it together' made you wish it did. Synopsis Radio host Alan Bird witnesses how an ice cream van is attacked and destroyed by an angry competitor. See it - and collect it. The hero, Alan Bird, is a radio announcer from 6 to 9 every morning.
Intrigued by this ice cream war Allan decides to try and broker a peace deal between the rivals, using his position to try and smooth things over. While following an attractive girl in an ice cream van he suddenly finds himself middle of an ice cream van war. Here is a movie just 30 years old but it is a comedy which takes its time to establish characters so that we not only understand them but feel like part of their lives. There's no sly wit, cutting irony, or anything of the sort in this scenes: they are simply there to show how Bird really does out of the bottom of his heart want to help others, and may even feel bittersweet about not having children of his own to take care of. » Discover the latest Discussions, Reviews, Quotes, Theories, Explanations and Analysis of Comfort and Joy 2003 below. The film is dated not only by the story-line itself, surrounding a then topical turf-war over ice-cream van routes which in real life turned very nasty indeed, with as I recall, fatalities as gangland criminals muscled in on each other's territories, but by the use of for example 80's rock band Dire Straits' music as the soundtrack, the thinly-disguised reference to the then very popular local independent station Radio Clyde 261, the now quite different Glasgow cityscape apart from the motorway route into the city centre over the Kingston Bridge, which is pretty much unchanged , but above all Forsyth's quirky humour was by now palling with over-familiarity and forced-ness. If you want a good movie that even the kids could watch with you, this is the one! Nevertheless, if you can make it through that beginning, you're in for a treat.
Glasgow is sufficiently big to accommodate both the McCool cartel led by the Mafia-style boss Roberto Bernardi , as well as the more fly-by- night outfit led by Trevor Alex Norton. He manages to find a particularly satisfying resolution to bring the two sides in the ice cream war together, leaving him ready and willing to face the world with renewed vigor. They move together to Sam's house to lead a happy life in future. He might be on his own on Christmas Day, but he understands the importance now of maintaining relationships, both personal and public. True, the last half of the movie tends to be less ingenious and original. A slight tale from Bill Forsyth and bizarrely inspired by actual Ice Cream wars that took place in Glasgow in the 1980s. So it's up to him to make sure that the wrong people don't get there greedy little hands on it! The occupants retaliate with squirts of.