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Movie Review: On a Clear Day

Alternate Title: Pride Goeth Before the Swim

Story: In recent years we have had a spate of feel good flicks from the British Empire - The Full Monty, Calendar Girls, Greenfingers, Billy Elliot, Saving Grace, East is East, Little Voice, Local Hero and The Big Tease to name a few. On a Clear Day falls right into this genre.

After 36 years, ship builder Frank Redmond is dismissed from his job mostly because he is stubborn and won't fall into line with the no-nothings boss at his company. What's a 50 something guy to do to fulfill his days and his soul? How does one get to repair a father son relationship? How about swimming the English Channel? Frank and the requisite ragtag group of kooky Glasgow friends go into training to fix what ails them.

Director Gabby Dellal allows his main character to chew up the scenery and that works most of the time. Screenwriter Alex Rose resolves the subordinate characters problems in rapid succession towards the end of the film as well as handing us a feel good ending for Frank and his son.

Is this somewhat formulaic film worth your time? Sure. What's wrong with a film that allows you to tear up a bit and have a good time?

Acting: Peter Mullen is one powerful actor and is the heart and soul of this film. His son, played by Jamie Sives is not only pleasant on the eye but is quite an actor. Brenda Blethyn as the long suffering wife is perfect, as always and the ragtag group of cronies, Sean McGinley, Billy Boyd, Ron Cook and Benedict Wong are first rate.

Predilection: None

Critters: Gulls

Food: Lots of food to eat when training or watching someone train to swim the English Channel. Protein shakes, chips, Chinese food, mashed potatoes, green beans, birthday cake, tomatoes and bread.

Soundtrack: Fun

Opening Titles: None.

Visual Art: Not much to see under the waters of the English Channel

Theater Audience: A handful of happy theater goers.

Sappy Factor: 2

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I only drifted for a minute to worry if I was crazy to leave the house while I was cooking a brisket - I got over it.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: I got a bit teary eyed in this feel good film.

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be just fine. For some of Peter Mullen's other films try renting: The Magdalene Sisters, The Claim, Miss Julie, My Name Is Joe, Trainspotting and Braveheart

Length: 90 minutes