The Flag reads as a madcap comedy caper, but the reality is less than d'unbelievable.

Pat Shortt plays Harry Hambridge, a down on his luck Irish builder living in London with a musical past and a broken heart, who returns to Ireland following the death of his father. As he goes through his late dad's possessions, he stumbles across a letter from his grandfather saying he was the man who raised the Irish flag over the GPO during the 1916 Rising.

The flag - so the letter claims - is now hanging upside down in an English army barracks, so of course Harry and his best friend Mouse (Moe Dunford) embark on a mission to find the flag, bring it home, and fly it above the GPO once again for the commemorations of the Rising.

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The idea is good, but the execution is less so; it's just not that funny and many of the characters come off as annoying when they really need to be endearing. And it's not as though that cast is incapable; it just never came together in the right way.

We've seen Pat Shortt pull out his country shtick countless times before, and usually to better effect. It seems tired at this stage and at times a little cringe-worthy.

The Flag shows that a good idea can only take you so far, and a better idea would be to consider seeing a different film this weekend.

Sinead Brennan