"Waking Ned Devine" (1998)

This truly charming, Irish village comedy leaves you wondering how you would handle a similar situation: the opportunity to share in a huge lottery prize if you keep quiet and allow a neighbor to pretend to be the single winner (because the actual winner has died from shock) before splitting it with you and the rest of the town. This opportunity, which plays into the greed that lurks in even the best of us, totally upsets the social order of the close-knit community in which the story plays out. Writer-director Kirk Jones has a secret weapon for instant laughs in the scrawny form of veteran Irish actor David Kelly, who pretends to be Ned, the deceased lottery winner.
Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times
51°