|Blethyn and Ferguson are a great pair.|
Directed by Nigel Cole
Produced by Mark Crowdy
Written by Mark Crowdy and Craig Ferguson
Starring Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes and Tcheky Karyo
Grace Trevethyn (Blethyn) is an upstanding housewife living in the small English fishing village of Port Isaac. When her husband dies, she learns of his mounting debts and failed business practices. She has no income, and her late husband's finances could jeopardize her future. Faced with losing her home, Grace gets her pot-smoking gardener Matthew (Ferguson) to help grow several kilos of marijuana, which is tough, given that it is an illegal activity. They manage to produce a lot of it, despite their lack of experience and any form of security. However, the pair must then sell their product, and negotiating a price with a drug dealer could prove challenging, as well as life threatening.
Not unlike such lovable comedies as Local Hero and The Full Monty, this film utilizes a charming locale and its inhabitants to create a warm, inviting environment. The town and its people make this a very enjoyable, lighthearted affair with endearing characters and a few laughs along the way. Of course, it isn't the best of its kind, but the film has an atmosphere of ease about it that's infectious. Blethyn and Ferguson have wonderful chemistry. While she's given some comedic performances, Blethyn never really gets a chance to do comedy like this, and she seems at home in the role of Grace. Ferguson's Matthew is also well-cast, as the former late-night talk show host proves to be a natural as the funny sidekick. The film made a little noise on the awards circuit at the time of its release, but it's not really an awards movie. It's small, delightful and entertaining is all, which is just what this film needed.
Oscar Tally: None