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Brian Gleeson and Jessica Pare in Stand By

Brian Gleeson and Jessica Pare in Stand By

Brian Gleeson and Jessica Pare in Stand By

Dublin shines just as brightly as Mad Men's Jessica Paré in this charming romantic comedy about regaining lost love and finding something to do in town on Valentine's Day.

Unlucky in love Alan (Gleeson) is stunned when old flame Alice walks up to the tourist desk at Dublin Airport, where he works.

Alice is waiting for a flight out of town but has nowhere to stay, so Alan invites her to come and stay with him and his divorcee dad (Stanley Townsend, who almost steals the show as a sort of boozy greek chorus alongside his pals).

Alan and Alice go for a night out in Dublin that turns in to a bit of an odyssey, taking in a wedding, a nightclub, singing on stage together and an all-night party... but the question always remains, will they rekindle their relationship?

There's a little bit of everyman Alan in us all, and he and Paré make a fine on-screen romantic duo.

But the real star here is Dublin, a vibey, warmly glowing place full of friendly characters and good times.

A sweet little movie that will have you rooting for the leads and stay with you once they've moved on.

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