Release Date: October 08, 2010
Starring: Gema Arterton, Roger Allam,
Luke Evans, Charlotte
Christie, Tamsin Greig, Bill
Camp, Jessica Barden, Dominic
Runtime: 111 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics/Sony
Director: Stephen Frears
Executive Producer: Christine Langan, Sharon
Harel, Maya Amsellem
Producer: Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits,
Writer: Moira Buffini
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
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The movie opens at a quaint country resort for writers in England. Famous crime novelist Nicholas Hardiment runs the resort with his wife, Beth. While Beth works to keep things running, Nicholas churns out bestsellers and cheats on her.
Into this setting strolls Tamara Drewe. Once an ugly duckling, Tamara has decided to return to her late mother’s farm, which her mother bought from the family of Nicholas and Beth’s handsome gardener, Andy. Andy and Tamara were once an item as teenagers, and it is clear that the two are probably made for one another.
Even so, Tamara takes up with a famous young rock and roller named Ben, who forsakes his band for a solo career. This pleases one of the local teenagers, Casey, who has a terrible crush on Ben. Casey is even more pleased when Tamara breaks up with Ben. Unknown to everyone but Casey and her friend Jody, Tamara has taken up with Nicholas, on whom she herself had a crush when she was a teenager.
Will Andy try to win back Tamara? Will Casey ever get to meet her idol, Ben? What happens if Tamara’s affair with Nicholas is exposed?
TAMARA DREWE is a very funny, well-acted farce. Though the infidelity between Nicholas and Tamara is exposed, and Nicholas gets his just desserts, the ending is not entirely a good one, however. Thus, despite the movie’s satire of celebrity worship, the teenage girl, Casey, gets her wish to be photographed with the rock star. In an earlier scene, Casey imagined herself waiting for him to come to her while she was lying in bed. So, the ending implies that Casey, like Tamara with Nicholas, may eventually fulfill her desire to sleep with her idol.
Beyond that problem, this movie has plenty of strong foul language. It also contains strong sexual content.
All in all, therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® rates TAMARA DREWE as excessive, with a Minus Three Acceptability rating.
TAMARA DREWE is a very funny, well-acted farce. Though the infidelity between Nicholas and Tamara is exposed, and Nicholas gets his just desserts, the ending is not entirely a good one. Thus, despite the movie’s satire of celebrity worship, the teenage girl gets her wish to be photographed with the rock star. Beyond that problem, this movie has plenty of strong foul language. It also contains strong sexual content.