Sony Pictures Classics’ Irish cop comedy “The Guard” had another tryout in front of American moviegoers at a June 22 L.A. Film Festival screening — and the mood was boisterous.

The pic, which preemed at Sundance, has raised eyebrows, as well as questions, about the characters’ thick Irish brogue and racially questionable slurs, and whether Yank auds would be open to either. Brendan Gleeson defended his character. “He would say anything outlandish to raise heckles.”

Helmer John Michael McDonagh said he just wanted the film to feature “wacky screwball dialogue with screwball characters.”

— Andrew Stewart

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