10 Dates with Mad Mary (4 stars)

This article is from 2010.

10 Dates with Mad Mary

A simple but brilliant study about readjusting to life out of prison

‘Mad’ Mary McArdle is 25 and having some trouble readjusting to life out of prison. She drinks, she hangs around the local teenagers to whom she’s a celebrity, and she tries not to start any more fights. This is a very simple character study, but it’s brilliantly done. As played by the fearsome, charismatic Caoilfhionn Dunne, Mary is endlessly watchable: at once vulnerable and frightening, foulmouthed, and at times extremely funny.

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10 Dates With Mad Mary

  • 4 stars

A Romantic Comedy (Sort of). Mary McArdle is the toughest fighter in town, a title that earned her the moniker 'Mad' Mary when she was 15. Now she’s 25, and just out of prison. Back home, everything has changed: all the old gang have grown up and the only thing Mary has to look forward to is being bridesmaid at her best…

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