When Tamara Drewe returns to the village of her youth, life for the locals is thrown upside down. Tamara – once an ugly duckling – has been transformed and is now a minor celebrity and begins a comedy of manners with the townsfolk.
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This movie is guilty of the 'Woody Allen' effect. Young attractive women sleeping with older established men. Is this a commentary or a way of perpetuating the myth? It's so much harder to get along with women when they don't look up to you like a god.
Perfectly captures the tragicomic existence of upper middle-class rural England. Questions remain about the subversive denouement - just don't expect a Heigl-esque romantic comedy and you'll find this a thought-provoking, if at times, an inconsistently paced comedy drama. Arterton's trajectory into acting renown gained momentum here.
stephen frears does what he always does..make a great movie without looking like he's trying. on point throughout. spot on performances and managed to make the english countryside an as per usual not a totally dull period romp. if woody allen had ever made a great film set in england this would have been it
I felt it was my time wasted. It's a bit like The Archers - televised. Middle-class giggling at inappropriate situations and pie baking on an organic farm. That said, it does have a few decent jokes ("I hope it doesn't give her thrush") and the 15 year old girl is great, I'd watch this for her alone. Cringed through the rest of it, though...Ah, they also have a bad pastiche of (bad) Hugh Grant.