Damon Smith gives his verdict on this week's big cinema release, Mrs Browns's Boys D'movie.
FIRST conceived for Irish radio and then as a series of books, the misadventures of feisty Dublin matriarch Agnes Brown transitioned seamlessly from stage to small screen in 2011 with the birth of the BBC sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys.
Creator Brendan O'Carroll cast relatives and friends in supporting roles, ensuring the programme was a true family affair. The series gained an ardent following.
The 2013 festive special topped ratings on Christmas Day, trumping Doctor Who.
Now, Agnes and her dysfunctional kin stampede the big screen under the direction of Ben Kellett. Lord help anyone who gets in her way!
Mrs Brown's Boys D'movie opens with a fire safety announcement from the eponymous matriarch "in case we have to ejaculate de building".
This sets the crude tone for the next 94 minutes. Punchlines are depressingly predictable and the absence of a laughter track from a live studio audience exposes the script's dearth of gags and imagination.
Aside from the large-scale musical numbers that bookmark the haphazard narrative and a pointlessly protracted chase sequence, the film has no obvious cinematic ambitions.
And a hare-brained subplot involving Mr Wang (Brendan O'Carroll again), Chinese owner of a school devoted to training blind ninjas, embraces hideous stereotypes.
Like its small screen counterpart, Mrs Brown's Boys D'movie doesn't edit out gaffes and revels in moments when the cast corpse one another. If only we were so easily amused.
SHOWING AT: Showcase, Odeon and Cinema De Lux, Derby; Cineworld, Burton and Odeon, Swadlincote.