COLD COMFORT FARM throws new and wonderful light on the plight of living with relatives. Flora goes to live at Cold Comfort Farm. With a penchant for tidying up messy situations and lives, she goes about changing the lives on the farm. Armed with Vogue and travel catalogues, she encourages the inhabitants of COLD COMFORT FARM to pursue their individual ambitions: from a full-time evangelist to a movie star. In time, she also persuades the old matriarch of the house, heard but hardly seen, to leave her cobwebbed life and room to take on a more glamorous existence.
This film is as good-natured as is its heroine Flora. It is relentless with wicked wit and cunning caricatures. A couple of cautionary notes include the presence of implied promiscuous sex, out-of-wedlock births, sexual innuendoes, and the comic exaggeration of a preacher obsessed with the wages of sin. However, there are strong moral qualities such as positive references to Christianity, honoring the family and a overwhelming sense of kindliness from relatives. This movie makes even the most dishevelled farmhands lovable and shows literary wit can be farmed from the soggy soils of the English rural landscapes.
(B, C, L, V, S, N, D, M) Biblical, moral worldview honoring family ties & doing good deeds with mild Christian elements including a church service & full-time evangelism, although the portrayal of a preacher obsessed with burning in hell for sins & his quivering congregation almost borders on mockery; 2 mild profanities; mild violence when old woman hits man with walking stick & girl with newspapers; 2 implied sexual situations including implied promiscuous sex and implied use of contraceptives for sexual acts, giving birth out of wedlock, & numerous sexual innuendoes; woman in bathtub (not exposed) & top nudity of man; cigarette smoking; social drinking; defecation and miscellaneous immorality.