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Seducing Dr. Lewis (2004)

David Boutin , Lucie Laurier , Jean-François Pouliot  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Boutin, Lucie Laurier, Raymond Bouchard, Dominik Michon-Dagenais, Guy-Daniel Tremblay
  • Directors: Jean-François Pouliot
  • Writers: Ken Scott
  • Producers: Luc Vandal, Roger Frappier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0006H30F4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Seducing Dr. Lewis" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Seducing Dr. Lewis makes a pleasant addition to the quirky subgenre of what might be called "village comedies"--movies in which the oddball residents of a small village must work together to perpetrate some mild scam or bit of mischief (examples abound, from Waking Ned Devine to Saving Grace to Local Hero). The isolated Canadian community of St.-Marie-La-Mauderne desperately needs a new industry, but the factory they're trying to win requires a resident doctor. When a young doctor from Montreal (David Boutin) gets blackmailed into spending a month in the village, the prickly inhabitants go overboard to woo him--they learn to cook Beef Stroganoff, form a cricket team, and tap his phone. It's all a bit preposterous, but that's part of the charm; this kind of movie thrives on being just a tiny bit over the top. The daffy doings keep one foot on the ground thanks to a combination of skilled character actors (like Raymond Bouchard, who plays the town's struggling mayor) and mysterious girls (like Lucie Laurier, the beautiful postmistress). Fans of The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain will find much to enjoy here. --Bret Fetzer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seducing Dr. Lewis July 23, 2005
By Joyce
I saw this flick as a full screen movie and fell in love with it.I wanted to own a copy to watch periodically and share with friends. Given the troublesome world we have today, so full of violence, greed and sadness, just slipping this disk in and running it lightens the heart. Even the fact that it is in French with English subtitles doesn't deter it's charm for one moment. The shenanigans this little clan of islanders off the coast of Canada use to lure and retain the doctor needed, before a factory will come to the island and provide work and wages are hysterical, bringing tears of laughter to one's eyes. This is not high slapstick comedy but gentle, subtle comedy that heightens the sentimental and tender story of a group of proud working class humans efforts to once again become productive citizens of society after circumstances have demoralized and humiliated them by forcing them onto the welfare rolls. Not a flick for those seeking high thrills and action but for those needing a good laugh, a lightening of heart, and a peek, just for a moment, of life that is still communal and holds out hope.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charm & Seduction, Thankfully Without Sex Appeal December 4, 2005
The hero of this film is a small town in Quebec that has aged badly. The fishing industry is dead, and there has been no other work to take its place. The men of the town trudge through their days complacently, having resigned themselves to accept welfare checks from the government at expense to their manhood. Even the mayor is leaving town for a better life elsewhere. Just about everyone in the town has given up on it.

There is, however, a way out: a large company is going to build a factory there, and thus give meaning and life to the zombie-like male population. However, there is also a very difficult condition: the town must first hire a full-time physician.

And so, the town cooperates to seduce a doctor to making this blighted town (that is yet paradoxically beautiful in its imperfections) his desire.

So, this movie is a very interesting twist on the romantic comedy. On the first hand, it is a man who is the object of a seduction. Secondly, it is a village that is doing the seduction, and coping as its plans topple comically out-of-control.

The players in the seduction are wonderfully un-suave and salty, and their efforts are all the more earnest for it.

PS I should admit that title of this review is misleading in one small way: there is a very attractive actress in the film (Lucie Laurier, "Eve"). However, her character is refreshingly not involved in the seduction at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Quirky Enjoyable Film March 23, 2005
St. Marie-La-Mauderne, a small fishing village near Quebec, has fallen on hard times. The locals, including Germaine (Raymond Bouchard) collect their welfare checks from the post office and promptly cash them at the bank every month, proceeding from one to the other like prisoners going to the exercise yard. A company is considering the small town for a new factory, which would give the town an enormous boost, both morally and financially. The one catch is that there is no full-time doctor in residence; the company's insurance policy requires this. Germaine and his friends go about recruiting a doctor. Soon, Dr. Christopher Lewis (David Boutin) arrives, for a month trial. The townsfolk tap his phone and try to make sure that he has everything he could ever want. During the month, he also eyes the only single woman in the entire town, the post mistress. Will he be convinced to stay in the town?

"Seducing Dr. Lewis", a French Canadian film, is a charming little film, much like "Waking Ned Devine" or "Local Hero". The film depicts the lives of the people in this small town, making them believable and eccentric.

"Seducing" doesn't break any new ground, what it does is provide a sweet, sometimes funny little slice of life. As we are introduced to the characters and the town, we learn what life in St. Marie-La-Mauderne was like in the good old days, when fishing was lucrative. This is a funny segment and easily sets the tone for the remainder of the film. In present day, the town has fallen on hard times. Many of the people stay because this is what their entire lives have been. When things become so bad, some people start to move or threaten to move. The offer of a new factory is made and the town works towards that.

The arrival of Dr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Charmer! June 1, 2005
Although this has been characterized as another "remote village" movie, of which there are quite a few, I enjoy this type of quirky simplicity.

This movie takes place on an island once supported by its fishing industry, but now desperately in need of another means of maintaining its existence. The islanders must cope with this challenge, and to do so, they try to trick a big-city doctor into setting up a practice on the island.

There are many laugh-out-loud moments, especially the cricket game and when the villagers run from one building to another to try to convince the doctor that the population is larger than it really is.

A nice little "slice of life" film that is very entertaining.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Comedy for the Quebec-Lover in You <3 June 2, 2006
**Being a current student of French studying Quebecois culture, I chose to write this review in French, for the Francophones who may feel a little left out on the critique of one of their own movies.**

« La Grande Séduction » est une grande comédie québécoise qu'on doit voir bientôt. La ville Sainte Marie La Moderne dans le nord du Québec était en ruines, avec tout le monde en sécurité sociale et en chômage. Mais le maire de la ville, Germain Lesage (Raymond Bouchard) a de l'espoir pour leur ville. Il veut qu'une fabrique vienne pour donner du travail et les negotions encore un fois. Mais pour cela d'arriver, on a besoin d'un docteur pour le peuple. Quand un jeune homme, le Docteur Lewis (David Boutin) écrit qu'il arrive pour voir la ville, les gens font une grande opération pour lui plaisir. Ils ont changée toute la ville pour être ce qu'il aime, et le docteur vraiment commence d'aimer la belle ville marinière. A la fin, le jeune docteur compte rendu de ce que tout est une mensonge- mais avec les meilleures intentions. Il décide de vivre dans la ville et travailler comme leur docteur. C'est vraiment une bonne fin.

Ce film est génial pour beaucoup de raisons, la première est le choix des acteurs. Ils démontrent physiquement les différences culturelles entre les régions du même pays. Le jeune docteur Smith est de la grande ville, Montréal, et il a beaucoup de savoir faire et il ne sait rien de la vie rurale. Il est beau et les choses matérielles sont importantes pour lui, au départ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant movie!
Funny, touching, clever! Great acting, good story, a overall great movie to watch with the family. I highly recommend it !
Published 12 months ago by Colette Mcnamara
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
The story was charming and the actors delightful. I like most foriegn films better because the cast are chosen for their abilities and not so much just because they are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by anita rosenthal
3.0 out of 5 stars unexpected
I did not realize that the DVD was in French Canadian with subtitles. I initially had seen this " in English ".
Published 21 months ago by Albert Mangold
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie that leaves you feeling good after all the laughs.
If you liked "Waking Ned Divine", you'll almost certainly enjoy this movie, too. It's a story about a community of simple but happy people whose dignity and livelihoods are... Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by DL
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch this with expectations
I had no idea what I was going to see except that is was a comedy and took place in a fishing village. Read more
Published on October 25, 2010 by Susan Valdina Krasnow
5.0 out of 5 stars Where welfare checks last 2 wks and the shame lasts a month
This 2003 film, Seducing Dr. Lewis, is a fun and quirky French film about a small Canadian village of about 120 people in St. Read more
Published on August 18, 2010 by  R I Z Z O 
5.0 out of 5 stars Seducing Ned Devine?
I liked this movie. It was funny and goofy, and reminded me a LOT of "Waking Ned Devine". But it wasn't as good as "WND", which is one of my favorite movies ever. Read more
Published on August 11, 2010 by Lori Ziemba
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Movie with a Sweet Story
Sainte Marie La Mauderne is a small fishing village in Canada where the inhabitants have all been out of work for some time. Read more
Published on August 5, 2010 by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming humor and fun!
I loved this movie. It wasn't what the title implied. It's not steamy, just fun. If you liked "The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill And Came Down A Mountain" or "Funny Farm", this... Read more
Published on August 19, 2009 by First girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted, joyous family film
Another marvelous French Canadian wonder! This light-hearted, humorous movie was positively hysterical! Read more
Published on June 25, 2009 by C. Monte
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