Kick-Back Friday: #197
The Guard (2011): John Michael
McDonough McDonagh, brother of Martin, directs the outstanding Irish character actor Brendan Gleeson in a wry, self-aware homage to the provincial Irish cop, or Garda. Gleeson is a highly unconventional officer who partners up with a highly orthodox FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to collar a group of major-league drug traffickers. Running jokes abound through McDonough’s McDonagh’s darkly humorous screenplay, including arguments about the street value of the trafficked drugs (half a billion dollars is $500,000,000) and local disappointment that the visiting G-Man is not from the Behavioral Science Unit.