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One of the most upbeat and exceptional movies of the past five years is Undercover Brother. The film spoofs 1970s blaxploitation movies, the James Bond franchise, and societal race relations, yet it still manages to be hilarious and life-affirming. Much of the movie's success stems from its star, Eddie Griffin. I say all of this, because on paper, Undercover Brother sounded dicey. Similarly, Griffin's next project seems a bit far-fetched, but the talented comedian has more than earned our benefit of the doubt (My Baby's Daddy notwithstanding).
In Irish Jam, the small, conservative town of Belmullet, Ireland finds itself broke. In order to satiate their creditors, the locals must come up qith a quick influx of capital or risk losing their village.
One of the residents comes up with the idea of running a poetry contest. For a small entry fee, all of the entrants are offered the possibility of winning the title to the local pub. The plan works as foreclosure is staved off. There is an unexpected hitch, though.
While the townsfolk had assumed one of them would win, the judges instead award the prize to one Jimmy McDevitt (Griffin). As fate would have it, Jimmy is not a local. In fact, the residents of Belmullet are shocked to discover it's an American con-artist who quickly moves in. Needless to say, both parties experience culture shock during the adjustment period. Of course, we all know the parties will eventually come to view each other as family but not until Griffin has gotten in 90 minutes of (hopefully) hysterical quips first. (David Mumpower/BOP)