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"Tamara Drewe" is a wickedly smart hybrid of a literary roundelay and a postfeminist manifesto.
There's a whiff of desperation behind the comic romp Tamara Drewe that gives it some unexpected sting.
This screen adaptation by director Stephen Frears successfully re-creates the strip's pastoral tone and cheeky humor.
The film lacks Frears' usual master touch; it often feels flat and self-conscious, in a way that the book never does.
While no one would celebrate Tamara Drewe as a great movie, it is a reliable dispenser of visual and erotic pleasures.
You know where you're going in territory that's actually more Jane Austen than Hardy, but Frears makes the most of the many bumps and twists.
It's fun but overlong, not a waste of regular time, but probably of festival time.
Tamara Drewe's self-proclamations of having blended "intelligent" British humour with black comedy slowly fritters away as the film plods towards its abrupt and wholly unsatisfactory ending.
It sounds like a fun romp, and it should be a fun romp, but it isn't. Instead, it's tiring and plain silly, without a single plausible character.
The project has a slapdash, good-enough-for-government work feel to it.
A judicious comic actor, Arterton plays the eponymous Tamara, who throws a small English village into a tizzy when she returns from London to put the family cottage on the market.
The overripe Arterton is put on glorious display, but... there's little joy and not much romp in this cluttered sex farce.
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.
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.
A strange mix of comedy and drama. A cute film with a couple stand out performances. Youngster Jessica Barden plays her character well and its her mis placed young crush now that set into motion events that bring the main character's crushes as a child into a topsy turvy . . i dont know where to go with this. The movie was better than I expected but not amazing.
In fact while Gemma Arterton is the title character I was more interested in the characters revolving around her in the little community of Ewedown. Worth the time watching as a change of pace from the standard American dramedies out there.
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