Film show

Olivia Colman and Charlie Reid do a good double act in Joyride

Stroll (15A) opens with Mully (Charlie Reid), a tearful teenager who robs a cab, only to find Joy (Olivia Colman) asleep in the back seat. To complicate matters, Joy has a baby a few days old with her.

The good news is that the baby belongs to Joy. the bad news is that she’ll be on her way to Lanzarote as soon as she drops the baby on her sister’s doorstep. Mully, however, doesn’t feel like driving Joy across the country – he’s just stolen a wad of cash from her wheel-dealer father James (Lochlann O’Mearáin) and needs to disappear quickly.

Can the bickering couple find a way to see past their differences? Written by Ailbhe Keogan and directed by Emer Reynolds, Joyride is a buddy-buddy road movie set on the back roads and boreens of the west of Ireland. It’s a classic odd couple setup: Joy is an ostensibly polished lawyer, albeit with a rich and crass vocabulary, while Mully is the kind of guy Joy tends to see a lot in court.

Olivia Colman and Charlie Reid do a good double act, with Colman providing gravity and Reid presenting an impressive and crude comedic delivery in his feature debut, and there is plenty of Irish talent on hand to lend support – Olwen Fouéré , Ruth McCabe and the underemployed criminal, David Pearse, to name just three.

The number of twists and turns required to keep the show on the road for 90 minutes grows increasingly unlikely as it all goes on, but for the most part, Joyride is a pleasingly charming diversion.

(Cinema release)