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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.
(PaPaPa, B, LLL, V, SS, NN, A, D, MMM) Very strong slightly mixed pagan worldview mocking human foibles, with an anti-adultery message in a comic setting, but movie ultimately promotes celebrity worship while satirically condemning or ridiculing it when teenager is rewarded with being photographed consoling her idol, a rock star, over the death of his pet dog; at least 58 mostly strong obscenities (mostly “f” words), one strong profanity and six light profanities; light violence includes dog chases cows, man falls and hits head during fight then cow stampede finishes the job, and dog shot off screen; depicted fornication in one or two scenes, implied adultery in other scenes, implied fornication in other scenes, and teenage girl imagines herself lying in bed while her idol, an older rock star, approaches; brief rear female nudity in one scene, upper male nudity and implied female nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, cheating, lying, spying, teenagers break into and enter woman’s house while she’s not there, teenager sends fake emails from woman’s email account to cause trouble, teenagers egg cars and run away, celebrity worship, and too much bad behavior is rewarded.
TAMARA DREWE is a familiar sex farce from England based on a graphic novel. It’s not extremely explicit, so it may remind one of similar movies from the 1960s, but with a more modern style of filmmaking. That said, although it ridicules the kind of celebrity worship created by movies and popular music, one young teenager’s celebrity worship is finally rewarded by the time the last scene rolls. And, the crazy comedy is spiked with some strong foul language and other adult content.
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.