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With: Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Ruth Negga, Laurence Kinlan, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson, Conor McEvoy, Gavin Friday, Ian Hart, Eva Birthistle, Ruth McCabe, Steven Waddington, Marky Doherty, Sid Young, Ciaran Nolan
Written by: Neil Jordan, based on a novel by Patrick McCabe
Directed by: Neil Jordan
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, language, some violence and drug use
Running Time: 127
Date: 09/03/2005

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Bound and Dragged

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Writer/director Neil Jordan adapts another novel by Patrick McCabe (The Butcher Boy), but the results are far less exhilarating. Cillian Murphy (Red Eye) goes all out as Patrick "Kitten" Braden, a cooing cross-dresser in 1970s Ireland. Dropped on a parish doorstep and raised by foster parents, he strikes out for London to find his real mother. Patrick glides through a series of small adventures, each accompanied by its own colorful supporting characters. Jordan tries to give the film a sense of whimsy with its selection of bizarre pop music and its little CGI birdies who narrate the tale in subtitled twitters, but the overall film lacks a sense of urgency, as if Patrick had all the time in the world to get where he's going. Liam Neeson co-stars.

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