A Scottish comedy about three men in kilts (and one of their girlfriend’s, also kilt-clad) is usually not the stuff of mainstream entertainment. That being said, The Angels’ Share is likely to be the crowd pleaser of the year alongside The Sapphires with its traditional story of an underdog rising to success despite tremendous odds and forces being stacked against him.
Robbie is a bit of a hoodlum – actually, more than a bit, but he’s been assigned a judge in his latest skirmish with the law who believes in more than incarceration and he sentences Robbie to community service to pay his debt to society.
Robbie meets Harry while performing community service, and with his pregnant girlfriend in tow, the three of them are soon off to the Edinburgh whisky tasting where he hopes to not just indulge in his beloved whisky, but to be with his kin.
The movie sets about to cleverly satirize the current problem of rampant and chronic unemployment among Scottish youth and a government which seems reluctant to do anything about it – and the turns around in amazement at the fact that so many youth don’t know what to do with themselves. All of this plays into the film’s theme of unlikely heroes and heroines and angels being in the most unlikely places – some of them just might at a mass tasting of hard liquor. It’s up to us to toast them.