Tamara Drewe

  • 15
  • Stephen Frears (2010)
  • UK
  • 106 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

A sleepy Dorset village becomes a hotbed of scandal after an "It girl" newspaper columnist returns home to set local menfolk's hearts fluttering in this comedy drama adapted from Posy Simmonds's Guardian newspaper cartoon strip. As played by Gemma Arterton, the eponymous Tamara certainly doesn't lack charm, yet somehow the other characters in this ensemble piece prove more emotionally engaging. We really warm to put-upon spouse Beth Hardiment (Tamsin Greig - wonderful) as she endures life with egocentric crime novelist Nicholas (Roger Allam). Then again, we also feel for Andy Cobb (Luke Evans), the farm hand who can't quite forget his teenage romance with Tamara, while the script also makes room for the impish pluck of bored schoolgirl Jody Long (Jessica Barden), and indeed the shambling romantic awakening of American academic Glen McCreavy (Bill Camp - quite a scene-stealer). Director Stephen Frears juggles these various plotlines with assurance, reminding us that beneath the soap opera-style surface there are serious notions about the way celebrity culture makes people feel unhappy with the lives they have. A shame, really, that the title character is perhaps the least interesting, but the spot-on performances still leave us with lots to enjoy.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Gemma Arterton. When a beautiful and charming newspaper columnist returns to the sleepy Dorset village where she grew up to fix up her family home, it's not long before her presence stirs up the local menfolk.

Cast and crew

Cast

Tamara Drewe
Gemma Arterton
Nicholas Hardiment
Roger Allam
Glen McCreavy
Bill Camp
Ben Sergeant
Dominic Cooper
Andy Cobb
Luke Evans
Beth Hardiment
Tamsin Greig
Jody Long
Jessica Barden
Casey Shaw
Charlotte Christie
Interviewer
James Naughtie
Diggory
John Bett
Zoe
Josie Taylor
Eustacia
Bronagh Gallagher
Tess
Pippa Haywood
Penny Upminster
Susan Wooldridge
Mary
Amanda Lawrence
Nadia Patel
Zahra Ahmadi
Lucetta
Cheryl Campbell

Crew

Director
Stephen Frears

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum
Guidance: 
Contains swearing and brief nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 10 Sep 2010
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Technicolor Home Entertainment Services
Categories
Comedy

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