Tamara Drewe

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A robust comedic cast and Stephen Frears' gift for satire elevate Tamara Drewe's slight scenario into a tart treat.

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Journalist Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) returns to the small town she grew up in and causes a stir. Once an unattractive teenager with a big nose, she's had cosmetic surgery and transformed herself into a beautiful girl. She is the object of attention for three different men: Andy (Luke Evans) a local handyman and her former boyfriend; Ben (Dominic Cooper), a drummer in a rock band; and Nicholas (Roger Allam), the man who runs the local writers colony -- and also happens to be married.

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  • Aug 03, 2018
    A messy dramedy that doesn't understand its own characters, their motivations or why they do what they do, and so nearly everything looks fake and implausible here, with a bunch of people changing their minds at every second in the kind of flat plot that you find in soap operas.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2015
    Somehow this thing is supposed to be a spin on Far From the Madding Crowd but except for the merest passing references it bears no semblance to that story.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2013
    Tamara Drewe returns to her hometown a changed woman and what a change! A little cosmetic surgery and an impeccable fashion sense has turned the former ugly duckling into the proverbial swan who turns the heads of the local swains. Adapted from a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, the film claims to be a faithful rendering of the story. Interesting characters, a drop dead gorgeous Gemma Arterton, and an interesting romantic comedy arc made this a decent watch. However, a few plot holes left this viewer slightly dissatisfied. This film constitutes part two of a mini Gemma festival. I am hooked. I just love her fresh face and her bubbly approach to life. The extras on the NF disc include the standard "Making of.." featurette, and a discussion with the director and Gemma on how the source material became the film.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2012
    I loved it and not just for that scene where Gemma Arterton parades around in short shorts. The characters are rich and complicated and work well off of one another. A treat.
    John B Super Reviewer

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