In order to secure a vital factory contract, the residents of a small Newfoundland fishing village conspire to charm a disgraced big-city doctor into becoming the town’s full-time physician, in this sparkling comedy from director Don McKellar and screenwriter Michael Dowse.
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Though it's great to see your home represented on the big screen - and the story is mostly warm - there's a big-budget staleness here that tells me the film lacks the heart and soul of the original. Perhaps it is the abundance of non-Newfoundlanders in starring roles, or the painfully plain cultural references, or the one-note story... Seeing home is nice, but as usual McKellar hasn't surprised me.
Very funny and heartwarming with an organic blend of themes that while aren't too deep still give the film a serious reality. Score and locations are great. The film gives you a strong sense of wholeness, every citizen in the harbor with their own personality and a sense of temporal completeness. Light film but does it well.