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Saving Grace (2000)

Brenda Blethyn , Craig Ferguson , Nigel Cole  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes, Tchéky Karyo, Jamie Foreman
  • Directors: Nigel Cole
  • Writers: Craig Ferguson, Mark Crowdy
  • Producers: Craig Ferguson, Cat Villiers, Keith Evans, Mark Crowdy, Sara Giles
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXMY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saving Grace" on IMDb

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SAVING GRACE - DVD Movie

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Imagine a Cheech and Chong pothead comedy, only instead of two scruffy lowlifes, the movie is about an aimless Scottish gardener and a middle-aged British widow with a green thumb. Grace (Brenda Blethyn of Secrets and Lies and Little Voice) has just discovered that her recently deceased husband has left her with an enormous debt when her gardener Matthew (Craig Ferguson, The Big Tease) asks her to help him tend to his small, personal-use marijuana crop. Grace soon realizes that they can turn her green house into a hydroponics laboratory and turn out a profitable crop--if only they can keep the local constables at bay and then find a dealer to actually sell the stuff. Saving Grace has well-developed characters, intelligent dialogue, a charming and capable cast, and clean, clear direction. But at heart it's still a marijuana comedy, with most of its funniest moments coming from the silly, stoned behavior of elderly ladies and other stuffy Brits. Nothing wrong with that, and Blethyn and Ferguson give the film a strong anchor. The ending goes a little over-the-top, but most of the movie is well-grounded in genuine human behavior. A subplot about Matthew's girlfriend's pregnancy is treated with respect and integrity. Sweet, silly, and sincere. --Bret Fetzer

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146 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Omigod, you've gotta see this one... July 20, 2003
Format:DVD
Superb. Grace (Brenda Blethyn) is widowed and instead of finding her comfortable country life insured, discovers she's been left with a huge debt that threatens her ability to retain the family home. Then she finds that her charming gardener has been growing a few marijuana plants on her property, and they're looking a little sickly. He hesitantly comes to her for green thumb advice - and she sees a way out of her debt. The rest? Well, I'm sorry: you'll just have to see the movie. But suffice it to say that you won't regret it. It's a hoot and a half and all's well that end's well. The scene where a group of 'ladies to do tea' get inadvertently stoned when the wrong leaves are used for the afternoon brew - it's worth seeing all by itself. Fun, funny, sweet, and silly - and utterly charming.
Five stars.
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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Quirky December 1, 2000
Format:DVD
I first saw Saving Grace on a Virgin Atlantic flight in July, coming home from Scotland. I never heard of the movie, but was quickly drawn in by the characters setting and plot. When it finally opened in the U.S., I became a one-man PR firm, talking the film up and getting people to go see it. Brenda Blethyn is one of my favorite actresses, back from when she played the mother in "A River Runs Through It." She plays Grace with dignity, warmth, and just a touch of desperation. Craig Ferguson is nothing like the character he plays on Drew Carey. His Matthew is sweet, concerned, and a little irresponsible, but trying hard to do the best he can. The supporting cast is wonderful too, adding a richness to the village in Cornwall that makes you care about what is happening, and believe it to be possible. Martin Clunes as Dr. Bamford, and Valerie Edmond as Matthew's girlfriend, Nicky, provide a sense of whimsy and groundedness to the events that unfold. Combine the performances with a good soundtrack and the beautiful setting on the Cornish coast and you have a great "little" film in which you will discover new things with each viewing.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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My friend Aleta and I saw this movie together too in the theater and it played to a packed house. We are both middle-aged women so we have become over time big Brenda Blethyn fans. We doubted that any American movie maker would have made this film with a middle-aged woman, Blethyn, as not only the leading character but also the lead ROMANTIC character. This film contains the ultimate dose of charm, humor and whimsy as only the British can show in their own unique fashion. Admittedly, sometimes I "get" their funny movies and sometimes I don't. This one we both "got" and were laughing uproariously throughout it as was our audience. Yes, it goes a bit over the top at the end but it's a very "feel good" ending and this movie was a bit of a fairy tale anyway so it didn't bother us.

The plot involves a newly widowed and thus impoverished Blethyn who is a top gardener in her village. When her gardener brings her his marijuana stash for rejuvenation, they decide to grow more and sell a big crop of it to a drug dealer so as to solve her money problems. Seeing Blethyn trying to find a drug dealer in London on her own is worth the price of admission alone for outright hilarity. If the film maker had chosen heroin as the drug the movie obviously would not have worked. However, the use of marijuana in this movie is about as "serious" as its use in the old Cheech and Chong movies. I also doubt that English Cornish villages, as shown here, could in real life be this utterly charming and perfect but I sure loved the fantasy of it in the movie.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable and light hearted March 21, 2002
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We got to discussing favorite movies at work recently, and Vicki, one of the nurses I work with in the recovery room, said she'd seen Saving Grace and had really loved it. She gave me a short recap of the film, and I decided it was worth a couple of hours of time and bought it. Normally I'm the type of movie goer who labors ad infinitum over the implications of each character's actions, and certainly the underlying drug theme might well have brought out that tendency with a vengeance, but in viewing Saving Grace, I was so beguiled by the charm of the village and it's delightful residents that I was able to suspend criticality and just enjoy my "visit."
The venue of the story is a colorful coastal village in England. Though a little bleak, the surrounding country side is open and green, with wonderful vistas of the sea, and the village is a cluster of quaint, old, stone buildings along narrow, little streets. The title character, Grace, is the lady of the local manor and presides graciously over the social activities of her neighborhood. Her home is a gorgeous vine covered house in the midst of well kept grounds, a home she loves and which she is unknowingly about to lose due to the capricious financial habits of her philandering and recently deceased spouse. The story turns on Grace's outrageous plans to save her home and the naivety with which she pursues them, assisted or at least abetted by an assortment of delightful neighbors including her gardener, her doctor and even her husband's former mistress.
Grace is played with great skill by Brenda Blethyn. She's pretty and perky and just at "that age" where a women who had been financially independent for most of her life might find it difficult to start anew.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
absolutely one of the funniest films I have ever seen,
Published 8 hours ago by C. Steinhoff Yarwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I just love it. So funny.
Published 10 hours ago by hagy hageman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok
Published 1 day ago by Rebecca Ware
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Really cute movie with a sweet spirit
Great! Really cute movie with a sweet spirit.
Published 6 days ago by MAMABEAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, terrific!
One of the most wonderful buddy movies ever...and the whole town gets baked! I never tire of seeing it and I have owned it since it was available. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Leonard James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a must see movie....
Published 10 days ago by Patrick DuBos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good movie, not your American blow em up movie, but funny and endearing.
Published 11 days ago by witty girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Make This Available on Amazon Instant Video!
Please make this available on Amazon Instant Video. This movie is a gem, well-written, well-directed, perfectly cast, well-acted and laugh out loud funny. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Vittoria de Artemisia
5.0 out of 5 stars love craig ferguson
very funny, watch over and over again.
Published 22 days ago by panbuf
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Grace, I reeally reeally luv her ;-)
I accidently rented this movie once not knowing what it was about but boy I wasn't disappointed...it was hilarious... Read more
Published 26 days ago by chia pet
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