A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.
I don’t know about you, but when someone says graphic novel I think violent guy stuff. Well, this is based on a graphic novel, and it’s neither violent — and it’s not specifically or exclusively guy stuff. It’s really a charming movie that deals with this aforementioned Tamara Drewe who lives in a little town, leaves and comes back. She previously had a major nose that everyone teased her about, and a guy that she – as they say – shagged when she was a teenager. So we have a writer’s retreat, we have a young woman coming back who’s now gorgeous who used to be very willing to have sex but not very attractive, and the hunky aforementioned gardener and two 15-year-old adolescents who are bored out of their mind, they keep getting into mischief. And how it all gets mixed together, it turns out that the writer’s retreat is run by a lovely woman who’s married to a cad, the two little girls are always getting into trouble. Oh, I forgot one of the most important people in the movie. It’s the wonderful Dominic Cooper, who plays a rock musician. He’s a drummer who comes to town and stirs the pot. This is really a wonderful movie. Remember Four Weddings and a Funeral that introduced Hugh Grant and Andi McDowell to everybody? Well this is basically Four Adulteries and Two Funerals. It’s four shags and two deaths. This is really a lovely movie, it’s funny, it’s appealing, it’s well acted. It’s surprising. Four and a half stars.