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Moone Boy

11 January 2013 DVD

Moone Boy

While the imaginary friend genre hit its high point with Drop Dead Fred (1991), Moone Boy proves there’s plenty of juice left in the tank. The brainchild of actor Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd) and based on his 2012 short film, Capturing Santa, Moone Boy is a charming sitcom, which follows 11-year-old Martin Moone (David Rawle) as an awkward kid growing up in 1980s Ireland. O’Dowd takes on starring duties as both narrator and Moone’s imaginary friend, the mundanely named Sean Murphy, and amps the charm up to 11 as a thirty-something schlub. The key to Moone Boy’s success is its low-key charisma, as it takes a concept that’s traditionally been exploited for cartoonish broadness and keeps it grounded while still maintaining an infectious playfulness. Comedy nerds should also keep an eye out for a killer mid-series cameo from Steve Coogan as a snooty rich businessman. He’s the icing on an already delicious cake. 

Sean Lynch