If you go down to the woods today. . .

The Stag.
The Stag.

BOYS will be buffoons in John Butler’s raucous comedy about male friends who gets into scrapes during a stag weekend in rural Ireland.

Far gentler than The Hangover but peppered with similar moments of misfortune, The Stag chugs along pleasantly and elicits wry smiles.

Groom-to-be Fionnan (Hugh O’Conor) is a self-confessed metrosexual, who would rather attend a hen party with his beautiful fiancee Ruth (Amy Huberman) than suffer the horrors of a stag do.

At the behest of his bride-to-be, Fionnan allows best man Davin (Andrew Scott) to organise a lads-only weekend.

They settle on a rugged camping expedition with good mate Simon (Brian Gleeson) and long-term couple Big Kevin (Andrew Bennett) and Little Kevin (Michael Legge).

But Ruth is keen for Fionnan to bond with her fearsome older brother, nicknamed The Machine (Peter McDonald).

Davin conveniently forgets to tell The Machine, but the bullish brother-in-law is tipped off and he gatecrashes the stag party . . .