Ciara GalvinTHE Irish do some things very well brewing, distilling, having the craic, writing poetry and making films. Ireland, the land of saints and scholars and ‘scobes’.Homegrown film ‘The Young Offenders’ is a perfect example of the aforementioned good film and, well, scobes.According to ‘Urban Dictionary’, a ‘scobe’ is a variant of a ‘skanger’ or ‘scumbag’, a species of Irish society identified by a certain set of characteristics and features.A scobe wears a baseball cap, perched ‘precariously as high as possible on their head’, sports a haircut that is entirely shaven except for the fringe along with pathetic looking fluff above the upper lip. The scobe sports the latest in Reebok, Nike and Adidas apparel.Conor (Alex Murphy) and Jock (Chris Walley), the protagonists in ‘The Young Offenders’, and are the quintessential scobes of Cork City, upper lip fluff and all.Based on the events surrounding the 2007 cocaine seizure off the Cork coast, the two ‘bois’ hatch a plan to cash in on the drugs seizure and become millionaires.Being more ‘Rodney and Del Boy’ than Goldman Sachs, the lads hit off on a road trip that could change their lives and make them grow up a little bit along the way.What makes this Peter Foott directed road comedy a complete joy to watch is the duo of Walley and Murphy, a Rubberbandits type pair that you can’t help but like.Yeah they’re scumbags and yeah they do bad things sometimes, but deep down they’re not bad people, and as the story unfolds one begins to question whether their behaviours are caused by their inherent environments.Hilary Rose and PJ Gallagher, they of hidden camera show ‘Naked Camera’, also play a blinder.
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SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileThe Canadian Federation of Students, the Sierra Youth Coalition and the Polaris Institute are asking people to avoid the bottle and turn on the tap. They have declared March 11 Canada’s first Bottled Water Free Day in an effort to get more Canadian institutions and school boards to ban water bottles. Currently, there are over 70 municipalities, six school boards and three campuses that have successfully phased out the provision and sale of bottled water in their sectors.