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With: Peter Mullan, Louise Goodall, David McKay, Anne-Marie Kennedy, David Hayman, Gary Lewis
Written by: Paul Laverty
Directed by: Ken Loach
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language and some violence, sexuality and drug use
Language: Glasgow English, with English subtitles
Running Time: 105
Date: 05/15/1998

My Name Is Joe (1999)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

In the Drink

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Buy My Name Is Joe on DVD.

Another great achievement from England's Ken Loach (Land and Freedom), My Name Is Joe focuses on a reformed alcoholic (Peter Mullan) who tries to put together a relationship with a health counselor (Louise Goodall). Unfortunately, his best friend Liam is having trouble getting his life together and Joe is in danger of being dragged down with him. Loach's moviemaking is intelligent and skilled, giving us a warts-and-all portrait of a relationship with outstanding performances by Mullan and Goodall.

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