Love in Kilnerry (2022) Film Review- Armessa Movie News

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Love in Kilnerry has every chance of being a hit. It’s an off-beat comedy with enough cliches to make you remember some sleeper hits about a town resurging from the ashes with a compelling narrative that can also be quite funny. Quirky characters, sidekicks with more than raunchy attitudes, and a romantic plot story in the center that revolves around an “it was always meant to be” message in the end. You have seen this before, and it has worked.

But should it always work? Comedies of this style tend to depend solely on characters with enough chemistry to make us last until the end. Funny scenes also help. But this is seldom seen in Love in Kilnerry, a film that works mostly when it sticks to the cliches common in the format it’s reminiscent of: theater plays. It’s pretty obvious Daniel Keith is sticking to his comfort zone on a film that’s never supposed to be stressful. In the actor’s, writer’s and director’s chair there’s one single mind. But this doesn’t mean the film feels consistent enough to blow our minds. 

Nevertheless, it’s funny enough to make us look. Most of the time.

In Love in Kilnerry, a town full of elderly residents and people who actually want to leave, there’s something going on. An environmental agency has announced the water supply needs to be cleaned and they will use a chemical with a very particular side effect: those who consume the water will find their libido increased. To the point it needs to be announced.

The sheriff tries to maintain control but it’s almost impossible when a whole town “wakes up” and becomes a sexually frenzied organism that can’t be controlled. This makes Love in Kilnerry an appropriate setting for several vignettes to be shown as a result of the ecological mess. 

The problem with the film is that it’s too self aware of its premise. There’s no innovation to what you’d expect from most of the characters and the one in the center is extremely pulled to its most conservative form and ends up being an annoying display of power. When the film doesn’t revolve around him, it’s actually pleasant in nature.

But it’s only because those secondary characters are given enough screen time to confirm our suspicions about those cliches. You will laugh, not wholeheartedly, but you will. 

The film is a sustainable story up until some of the jokes become repetitive and amidst the raunchy aspect, there’s a display of innocence that doesn’t do much to make us care for its main character. It wasn’t meant to be this time, but sometimes I just rooted for his loss. 

Love in Kilnerry is a comedy set for the whole family. It’s streamlined for general audiences that don’t expect much of a plot about sexual awakening in the most improbable of places and population. If that makes you laugh just because of its improbability then great! You will like this!

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