Gerry Boyle is one of the worst cops you can imagine. He's brilliant, but he engages incessantly in drinking, drug use, and solicitation of sex-- all while on the job! Despite doing these things primarily to cope with his feelings regarding his dying mother, it makes him the most highly unorthodox and darkly funny police sergeants imaginable. While investigating a murder with his partner, McBride, he and the rest of the force get summoned in for a meeting with an FBI agent, Wendell Everett. Everett is there to arrest Irish drug runners, and while he runs through the four men he's looking for, Boyle recognizes one of them as the victim from his most recent murder scene. Meanwhile, McBride is killed by the head of the Irish drug gang, the ruthless Francis Sheehy-Skeffington. Sheehy and his two remaining lackeys set out paying off the police to keep them away from both the murders and their drug ring, but they are surprised when Boyle is not so easily swayed by money. Boyle and Everett team up to investigate Sheehy, and Everett is put off by Boyle's foul mouth and generally offensive manner of speaking. As they get closer to finding Sheehy's master plan, Boyle gets word that his mother is about to die, and they take one last trip to a pub before her passing. Once his mother is dead, Boyle feels he has little left to live for, and he gathers up a large stash of weaponry, preparing to go with Everett to storm Sheehy's central drug deal and take them all out once and for all.
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Best part of story, including ending:
This is a hilarious movie, with some terrific dark comedy but also a few twinges of credible drama. Gleeson and Cheadle make for a great comedy team.
Best scene in story:
At one point during the investigation, while Everett is making the rounds and trying to gather evidence, he finds Boyle in bed with a couple of prostitutes, in a funny turn of events.
Opinion about the main character:
Boyle is one of those characters who would be awful to know in real life, but who is utterly fascinating to watch on screen. He's hilarious, politically incorrect, but proud enough to refuse a bribe.