The Good

Eddie Griffin is a funny, talented guy and he could be a leading man someday.

The Bad

Something about the audio makes this movie seem off in spots.

Irish Jam sees Eddie Griffin travel to Ireland to get away from the US. He is a conman, hustler and all around irresponsible guy. So, he enters a contest and wins an Irish pub. However, things are not as they seem as a classic schemer in Ireland wants to tear down the pub and build a Disneyland-like theme park where it stands. Little does anybody know that the land he wants to build on cannot hold a theme park, and this is how he plans to bilk everybody out of their money. The current owners of the pub hope that the American Griffin, can help stop him.

Filled with essentially every cliché in the book, this movie is edited in such away that it actually gets in the way of Eddie Griffin's humor.

Features

Interview with Eddie Griffin

A somewhat reserved Eddie Griffin sits back and discusses this film. He talks about working with the actors, being a leading man and making a movie in Ireland. I guess as far as special features go, this featurette is par for the course as far as this film is concerned.

Video

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen. Well, that's what it said on the box but when I played it it was in full screen. This could have had something to do with this movie just not looking right in spots. The DVD compression and transfer is fine but the way the action is cut actually interferes with the action. As a result, almost every climatic aspect of this film felt anti-climatic.

Audio

English - Surround Sound. Close Captioned. Eddie Griffin talks in such a way that I think the people shooting this movie had a hard time keeping up with him. He seems to be telling so many jokes and making so many asides, that by the time he says one the camera and the audio seem lost as they try center themselves on what he is going to say next. It's almost like a Robert Altman experiment gone wrong.

Package

Eddie Griffin stands on the front cover with the small Irish town and Finnegan's Pub behind him. Mo'nique is also featured here even though she is in the movie for about 5 minutes. The back gives us a nice shot of an Irish road, a few pictures from the film, a description of the movie, a "Bonus Feature" listing, a cast list and some technical specs.

Final Word

Something tells me that there was backing for a film in Ireland and that somebody had to write a screenplay very quickly. I know that not every movie can be a home run, but I never got the impression that Irish Jam ever cared about getting up to the plate. I think the producers felt (and in that multitude Eddie Griffin was one of them) that a Black man in Ireland was enough of a storyline that they didn't have to do any more work. However this film ultimately feels as fresh as three day old tuna.

Irish Jam was released January 1, 2006.