Reviewers Like "Rory O'Shea"
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 1, 2005
NEW YORK, NEW YORK--Since we could use an antidote to the depressing pro-euthanasia theme in Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby", it may be terrific timing that many theaters this week are releasing "Rory O'Shea Was Here."
According to the movie's official website, the film played in Britain under the title "Inside I'm Dancing".
It is the story of two young Irish men, Michael Connelly, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Rory O'Shea, who has cerebral palsy. The two decide they can no longer endure their existence at the Carringmore Home for the Disabled and make the leap, so to speak, to living on their own.
The movie is opening in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, with wider distribution later in February and March.
Unfortunately, I'm not able to review the film any time soon because there are no theaters in my area running it, and its release on DVD or VHS has not been announced.
Most reviews describe it as an honest portrayal that does not play into stereotypes about disability such as showing the characters as heroic or pitiful.
"If we played it for sympathy, the film would be a complete and utter waste of time," Scottish actor James McAvoy, who plays Rory, told the New York Post.
Disability groups have criticized the movie for casting two able-bodied actors in the lead roles, in the same way that Daniel Day Lewis was cast to play Irish artist Christie Brown, who had cerebral palsy, in "My Left Foot".
"It was less about pretending to be disabled, and more about finding out as much as [we] could from people," responded McAvoy.
"'Rory O'Shea' makes no sympathy play" (New York Post)
"Review: Rory O'Shea Was Here (Rotten Tomatoes)
Rory O'Shea Was Here (Coming Soon)
Official Website: Rory O'Shea Was Here