If Rory O'Shea could choose an occupation, he might select piracy. He's got a mouth like a sailor and an enormous sense of adventure. There's just one hitch: he's confined to a wheelchair due to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a degenerative muscle disease. But, Rory's a pirate at heart. Despite his nearly total paralysis, he makes good use of his able-bodied mouth and just two functioning fingers, which he self-deprecatingly says he uses for "self-propulsion and self-abuse."

But the kid does have some heart. And that's what Damien O'Donnell, director of Rory O'Shea Was Here (a.k.a. Inside I'm Dancing), wants us to know. In fact, it seems that O'Donnell holds our hands and leads us through semi-climactic adversity after semi-climactic adversity in order to demonstrate the heart of his movie. Maybe that's why other elements of the film—like the script (written by Jeffrey Caine) and the editing—were left on the side of the road. As much as I love a movie about carpe diem, drooping microphones tend to distract me, especially when they droop into as many as four scenes. "Heads up! Incoming!" If it happens once, shame on the director. If it happens four times, it's apparent the grip has lost his grip, and it may be time put together his severance package.

Microphone blunders aside, Rory O'Shea follows the story of two "unlikely friends," Rory O'Shea (James McAvoy) and Michael Connelly (Steven Robertson). Michael, an absolute cherub and life-long inhabitant of Carrigmore Residential Home, suffers from cerebral palsy (CP), a disability that has alienated him from his family (an ashamed public-figure-father) and has caused him a profoundly severe speech impediment. As a result, Michael has grown dependent on the aid ...

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Rory O'Shea Was Here
Our Rating
1 Star - Weak
Average Rating
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Mpaa Rating
R (for language)
Directed By
Damien O'Donnell
Run Time
1 hour 44 minutes
Steven Robertson, Alan King, Brenda Fricker, Ruth McCabe
Theatre Release
October 15, 2004 by Focus Features
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