Grow Your Own (2007)
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Critic Reviews for Grow Your Own
Director Richard Laxton offers nothing to convince that we shouldn't be watching this one-off drama on the box on a Sunday night with one eye closed. More meat and less veg please
It's what could be termed a gentle comedy, this story about immigrants trying to blend into the fabric of rural British society; a routinely pleasant small comedy that explores Britain's immigration issues and relevant enough to touch a nerve anywhere
This derivative drama might have worked quite well as a four-part mini Sunday night series for the BBC. As a film, however, it fails on almost every count.
Average comedy-drama that's not as moving or as funny as it thinks it is, but remains watchable thanks to strong performances and likeable characters.
Affectionate and heartwarming it will seem to those who enjoy this sort of thing; painfully slow and dramatically inert might be the criticism of doubters.
Director Nimrod Attal manages the setting-up of this situation with some skill, but it's never developed. Nor are any of the characters.
Audience Reviews for Grow Your Own
Low key gem which follows in the proud tradition of british bittersweet comedies. Issues are woven amongst the gags by a range of well known british thesps who mix wonderfully with relative unknowns. Unheralded but well worth seeking out.
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