Circle of Friends (1995)

“I don’t know why you let me go to University. It’s like taking me to the top of the mountain and showing me the world, and then marching me back down, and saying, “That’s what you can’t have Benny, you silly great fat article. Here’s what you can have: Knockglen for the rest of your life and married to Sean bloody Walsh!” I’d rather be married to a bloody lizard! ” – Bernadette ‘Benny’ Hogan

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Cable in the 90’s and 1 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A young girl growing up in Ireland during the 1950’s must deal with life and love along with her best friends.

My Take on it – Enjoyable historical drama that works well due to the great performances by the cast.

Minnie Driver and Chris O’Donnell both give very realistic portrayals of their characters and it’s easy to believe that this is the kind of life that young adults needed to lead during that time.

The story does a nice job developing these characters which in turn helps make the viewer care more about what will happen to them along the way.

The conservative lifestyle of the time is shown well and the need for young adult rebellion is completely understood by the way things are depicted and presented here which helps make things quite engaging and enjoyable to watch unfold.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – To make Chris O’Donnell appear to be much taller than Minnie Driver than he really is, she had to walk in a ditch when they were filming the scene of their stroll in Knockglen. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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