Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson Fight Drug Dealers in The Guard

In the Irish crime-comedy “The Guard”, Don Cheadle plays an FBI agent who journeys to Ireland to catch some vicious drug dealers (led by Mark Strong), where he teams up with a delightfully racist local cop played by Brendan Gleeson. Mind you, Gleeson’s cop doesn’t know he’s being racist, which makes it, you know, sort of okay. Oh sure, slap a funny accent on it, and you can get away with anything, I suppose. Still, the trailer for John Michael McDonagh’s “The Guard” packs quite the charm. And just for a laugh, I’ve also included the International trailer, which features a couple a bit more colorful language and situations.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international drug-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. Boyle drifts through life, not much concerned about anything, not even the mysterious murder of a man in one of the town’s holiday cottages. But when Everett shows Boyle the mugshots of four drug traffickers, he recognises one of them as the dead man. And so the two cases converge, with a bemused Everett finding himself adrift in the decidedly original and sometimes surreal world of Sergeant Gerry Boyle, the last of the independents!

Starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, and Liam Cunningham.

Opening in the UK July 8th, and in Stateside theaters July 29th, albeit in limited release. That’s still a pretty impressive turnaround. Usually it takes a pretty long time for UK films to land Stateside.