Set around a small fraternity of blue collar Irish forestry workers, Small Engine Repair is the story of a group of men going nowhere. Doug (Iain Glen) thinks he's a country singer, but he's too old and lacks any motivation or self belief. He carries around a demo he won't let anyone hear while daydreaming of being heard on the local radio station or playing his mate's bar. His best friend is a worn out mechanic (Steven Mackintosh), a hapless loser desperate to persuade his son (Laurence Kinlan) not to leave the family business, the small engine repair shop of the title. With their personal ties disintegrating all around them, Doug suddenly finds himself staring one last chance in the eye and the chance to prove local doubters he has some worth.
Country and Irish
- Small Engine Repair review by MM
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This has something in common with the film "Once" in that it follows the life of a singer who is trying to make a living and win a girl. There the comparison ends, however, since "Small Engine Repair" is the more compelling film, with its focus on the conflict between friendship and doing the right thing giving the plot more of an edge. And the music is better...