The Grand Seduction


Action / Comedy

IMDb Rating 7 10 15094

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Taylor Kitsch as Dr. Paul Lewis
Brendan Gleeson as Murray French
Anna Hopkins as Helen
Liane Balaban as Kathleen
1.64 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 53 min
P/S 0 / 18

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Laakbaar 8 / 10

Will Dr Lewis come to love Tickle Head?

Tickle Head, a harbour in Newfoundland, has 125 souls who live mostly off welfare cheques now that the cod is gone. After his wife and even the mayor leave for work in St John's, Murray (Brendan Gleeson) thinks up a grand scheme to seduce a doctor to come live in the village. An oil company is looking to build a high-tech plant in the area, but one of the requirements is that the town have a doctor. To get the plant, they also have to get more people and get the cash together for a bribe.

They force young Paul Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) to come to the village and then try their hardest to please him so that he'll stay. However, it turns out the doctor is into jazz and cricket, cannot fish at all, and has a fiancée back home. Will their plan work?

This movie worked for me for a number of reasons. Gleeson holds the movie together with a superb performance. The scenery (filmed in Trinity) is gorgeous. The same could be said for Taylor Kitsch, who exudes magnetism and amiability in every scene. He can obviously act but I suspect he was just playing himself in this movie.

Inevitably much of the gentle and sometimes ribald humour revolves around the eccentric characteristics of the rural villagers. I don't know how accurate the bumbling Newfie hick thing is, but Gordon Pinsent and the rest played it to the hilt.

The movie went too far a few times but regardless I enjoyed it. It's worth about 7.5 but I'll round it up. It's nice to see a non-Hollywood movie like this for a change.

Reviewed by suzicoupon94 9 / 10

Love, Love Loved It

I am not usually a fan of these types of movies, but my friends convinced me to see it and I am so very glad I did. It was funny and silly and very well acted. I must say the "Dr" was not hard on the eyes either.

The setting of Tickle Head was beautiful and reflects on the times in Newfoundland.

My husband saw the French version of the film years ago, but really enjoyed this version as well.

I would totally recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good laugh. There people of all ages teens to seniors in the theatre and we all laughed at the same times.

Reviewed by myl kavas 6 / 10

Missing a few sparks to build a fire

All the ingredients, through cast (one exception), direction, location and camera work, were present to make this English language remake of 'La Grande Seduction'(2003) a fine film, but the script tried to hold too close to the original and lost some of the elemental charm in translation.

Firstly, the romance fell short. I mean, the setting and characters were initially fine and the lens shots are gorgeous throughout. Truly the setting is primed for a rich story, but characters eventually(not the actors) seemed pasted and lacked the chemistry to achieve overall romance. If the scenes of Paul and Kathleen had been written better, and directed with care, a deeper tone would have surfaced. One that would have had their first meeting become a sticky thread that bound the narrative fabric, instead of simply creating a glaring conflict that literally was, in the end, resolved off screen (weak writing or production failure).

Secondly, if you are gonna translate another writers work, be creative without losing the essential elements. This story is charming through the gills (pun intended) and deserves more attention to details far beyond set design and actors. The direction could have been stronger had it paid closer attention to the idea and not the intent.

Cast was fun, Brendan was solid as usual, Taylor got it mostly. Oddly, I felt almost nothing from Liane beyond her strange, one-note blend of constantly pretty hostility. I could see her doing femme fatale roles much more suited to her skills and attitude, but not this role. Kinda iced it, really. Even the script was not to blame, there. Her last shot, fishing pole on shoulder, strolling on the beach with an almost stranger, looked entirely unnatural, forced. Giving more time and depth to their interactions would have gone further toward building a solid narrative. One more scene! As it ended, it sucks to be Paul, I guess. Ha ha.

The final shots were cute, but without closing the key romance, they felt tacked on, especially considering that they were inclusive to the opening (not closing) theme of the original film. Hollywood apparently was hoping the kids would be asleep before adding a splash of spice. Liberal insanity.

Oh, and also, the soundtrack, in comparison, was completely unremarkable. I can't recall a single note.

All in all, a well recommended film despite the poorly explored romantic elements.

The original, well, that's another story. Good night.

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