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, beginning a comedy of manners with the townsfolk.
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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 have to be honest, I thought this was going to do a lot better at the box office and I seem to be in the minority in thinking it is a great comedy. I thought Tamsin Grieg was a shoo-in for a BAFTA nom when I first saw it. How wrong I was. I laughed out loud lots, which is more than I do at most big Hollywood 'comedies'. Not perfect, by any means, but much better than it gets credit for.
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.
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.