Agnes Browne: review
“Agnes Browne” often tries too hard to be funny, starting with the very first scene, in which Agnes and Marion go to the welfare office to get Agnes’s widow’s pension and engage in a series of lame word-play gags with the clerk that sound like a bad Abbott and Costello routine. At the funeral, the whole entourage accidentally goes to the wrong grave and must then run across the cemetery to find the right one, a situation that could be funny, but that here just seems forced. There’s also a “Brady Bunch”-style save-the-day cameo by Tom Jones that is just plain embarrassing — far too absurd to be uplifting. But Marion and Agnes have some real laughs between them, particularly in a driving-instruction scene where the two giggle at everything like a couple of schoolgirls. It’s that sort of whimsy that director Huston no doubt wanted to permeate the whole film, but that only manifests itself occasionally in this entertaining but uneven bit of trifle.