I have always loved Brendan Gleeson and The Guard is easily (imo) the performance of his career. He has never been better and might not ever be again. A quote on the poster describes The Guard as a cross between Father Ted and Bad Lieutenant... not only did this quote bring lols, it's also an accurate description. Brendan Gleeson stars as a small town cop who finds himself caught up in an international drug smuggling investigation when the FBI rolls into town. Don Cheadle plays the American agent who winds up a fish out of water in a small-minded, gaelic speaking community. This is very funny stuff. Again, Gleeson shines and he relishes every single line. All of the gags hit the spot and there are so many tiny side jokes and nuances that pad the space between the bigger laughs. Well written and brilliantly directed, The Guard is destined to be an Irish classic.