A sentimental story about a young boy learning to overcome his speech impediment is balanced by the more downbeat tale of a Depression-era Irish working man who finds fascism at the bottom of his fall into poverty. Directed by Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Launderette
, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid
manages to appeal to the sentimental crowd without descending into bathos. Well, without descending into bathos and staying there for the whole film.