Extra Ordinary Review

Starring: Maeve Higgins, Will Forte, Barry Ward, Claudia O’Doherty, Jamie Beamish, Terri Chandler, Risteard Cooper, Emma Coleman, Agatha Ellis

Directors: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman

Release date: 13th September 2019


Rose Dooley (Maeve Higgins) runs her own driving school, though from a young age she has had a gift… she can see ghosts. Her dad, Vincent (Risteard Cooper) was also gifted and she acted as his partner on various cases, until one day he met an untimely end.. Since his death, Rose has kept herself to herself, trying to stay away from anything of a supernatural nature. One day she gets a call from a local guy named Martin (Barry Ward) who asks for driving lessons but secretly has his own supernatural issues. A new arrival to the area is Christian Winter (Will Forte), a failed one hit wonder rock star, trying to relaunch his career. Thing is, he’s not using conventional means to achieve his goal and it’s not long before he crosses paths with Rose..


This is the first full length film/lead role for Maeve Higgins, a native of Cork, who relocated to New York at the age of 31. Her book, ‘Maeve In America’ tells of her experiences and life in a foreign land and is doing fantastic things in the book world. A brilliantly funny comedian, she is the heart of the movie.

This film has pretty much everything you could possibly want from a ghostly comedy movie; a funny but naive heroine with a Cork accent, a will they/won’t they love story, a singing baddie with ulterior motives, and loads of ectoplasm. The film’s Irish-ness is one of the keys to it’s brilliance. The choice of cast is pretty excellent and I defy anyone to not laugh pretty much all the way through. Will Forte (MacGruber, SNL, Last Man On Earth) is hilarious but also quite scary at times. He’s absolutely perfect as Christian Winters and anyone that’s not a fan of his work already, soon will be.


Extra Ordinary’ is exactly what it says in the title. It’s a brilliantly funny movie and I would be very surprised if you don’t come out from watching it with a big huge smile on your face.

Easily in my top 3 films of the year, ‘Extra Ordinary’ is a must see. Go see it and then tell all of your friends to see it too.

Overall: 9/10


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