Rory O'Shea Was Here

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Released 2004

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Director:
Damien O'Donnell
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Rory O'Shea Was Here is a 2004 Irish comedy-drama about two young men who learn to overcome their disabilities and live fuller lives. Michael Connolly (Steven Robertson) has cerebral palsy, so he has difficulty talking and must use a wheelchair. Since others cannot understand his speech, he spends his days alone at the Carrigmore Home for the Disabled in Dublin. When Rory O'Shea (James McAvoy) arrives, Michael is shocked that Rory can understand his every word. Rory, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, compensates for his physical disabilities with sharp wordplay and an outgoing attitude, especially toward women. Rory's dream is to live independently, and he convinces Carrigmore's board of supervisors to let him move into an apartment with Michael. The friends need a caregiver, and they find the perfect person for the job in Siobhan (Romola Garai), a vivacious young woman. When Rory and Michael develop crushes on Siobhan, their friendship is tested, especially since Rory must act as Michael's interpreter.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Funny and moving, and more entertaining than some of the movies you are considering this weekend.

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Better than the usual three-stage journey of courage, heartbreak and redemption. In this case, the triumph of the human spirit comes with a small bitter chaser.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A shameless heart-tugger of considerable appeal that, like many movies that start off with much going for them, could have been so much better had its makers aimed higher.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Medical, Independent, Dramedy