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Tamara Drewe (2010)

Gemma Arterton , Dominic Cooper , Stephen Frears  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tamara Drewe" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary with Gemma Arterton and Luke Evans
The Making of Tamara Drewe
Reconstructing Tamara Drewe

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When journalist Tamara Drewe returns to her parents’ house with a new assignment – and a new nose – she sets the surrounding countryside’s male hearts aflame, breaking the picturesque tranquility and transforming the village of her youth into a swirling maelstrom of temptation, seduction, and tawdry gossip. But when a bit of silly mischief puts lives and loves at risk, Tamara Drewe must choose between getting it all and getting the one. In this fun, witty romance, director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons) perfectly captures the spirit of the beloved graphic novel.

Is there anything more idyllic than the English countryside? Perhaps not, but even the most bucolic of settings holds its dark secrets, according to Stephen Frears's lovely, offbeat Tamara Drewe. Tamara Drewe is based on the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, a British cartoonist who based her work on Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd. There are homages, subtle and not, throughout to Hardy and his work, but even non-Hardy aficionados will enjoy Tamara Drewe and its dark, microscopic view of the gentry. The title character is played by the winsome Gemma Arterton, who as a young lass in the lovely burg of Ewedown was a bit of an ugly duckling, with a nose to give Cyrano a run for his money. But thanks to modern comforts like plastic surgery, Tamara's blossomed into a beauty and successful writer. When she returns to Ewedown, she manages to turn the entire tiny town on its ear. The cast is first rate, including Roger Allam as Nicholas, a bestselling novelist and randy old goat who cheats on his long-suffering wife, Beth (Tamsin Greig), who runs the writers' retreat that centers on Nicholas and his giant ego. Tamara attracts the attention of her childhood pal Andy (Luke Evans) and an annoying rock drummer, Ben (Dominic Cooper), as well as the distasteful Nicholas. With fawning writers descending on Ewedown, and two cheeky, bored teenagers, Jody and Casey (Jessica Barden and Charlotte Christie), acting as the story's Greek chorus, there are plenty of characters to keep things moving in Tamara Drewe. And it's to Frears's and the actors' credit that if none of the characters is particularly likable (except for Greig's Beth), the action is enough to keep the viewer engaged. There are laughs, cringes, and some true poignancy--and a climactic event that will touch everyone. Tamara Drewe will satisfy fans of Hardy, Frears, dark indie comedies--and those who want to stay far, far from the madding crowd. --A.T. Hurley

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer delight February 24, 2011
The sleepy English village of Ewedown becomes quite lively when former ugly duckling Tamara Drewe comes back to town. Now sporting a perky new nose and sexy Daisy Dukes, Tamara quickly becomes romantically involved with a rock star, a sleezy older man, and her childhood sweetheart. With a large cast and many subplots, this story of what really goes on behind the quaint postcard-pretty closed doors is full of laughs and tender moments and even some cattle stampedes.

This movie is completely charming. The characters are all believable, the setting is idyllic, and the script is clever and quirky. All of the adult shenanigans are witnessed - and complicated - by a pair of adolescent girls, a kind of comical Greek chorus who tie it all together. If you like good, indie British films, you'll love this one.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous black humor, not a Hollywood romcom September 5, 2011
I found this film on a really long flight home from Asia and started watching it because it looked easy on the brain. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be the best film that I've seen all year! The second surprise came when I read all the mixed Amazon reviews - it seems like half the world hates this, and the other half loves it.

To make it easy for you, I think if you like Hollywood style romcoms you will probably hate this, and if you like British black humor, you will probably really like it. This is definitely not a Hollywood romcom. If you want something brainless with a lot of stereotypical characters and a predictable happy ending, then stop reading. It's also not it if you want to be uplifted or intellectually challenged - it's meant to be a social comedy, but the black humor kind, not the kind that offers a serious social critique. There's also lots of dialogue and very little action, and there are no major conclusions, so if you have short attention span and like tidy endings, this is not for you.

So, why did I love this film? Well, as many other reviewers wrote, this is a social comedy set in rural England with plenty of British black humour and mediocre, real-to-life characters. Personally, I think this is the film's real charm. It displays life in all its beautiful-green-grass but nothing to do boredom - think Midsomer Murders - while showing all the life's little quirks and absurdities - bit like Amelie or the Secretary. All the characters are kind of likable, but kind of not: the main character, Tamara Drewe, has our sympathy because she grew up ugly and had to deal with all sorts of nastiness as a result, but at the same time she's arrogant and sleeps with people for all the wrong reasons.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice nod to Hardy March 28, 2011
This clever little gem does a great job of capturing the spirit of the Hardy genre and updating it into to a film that has great pacing, a very healthy dose of black humor, interesting and flawed characters, and outstanding performances. The acting is really noteworthy. And the "greek chorus" in the form of bored teenage girls was fantastic. Interesting and original.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The film is not over until the cows come home April 3, 2011
"Paperback writer (paperback writer)
Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?"
-- The Beatles

Based on a graphic novel this story plays more like a Greek Tragedy. It does not quit fit into any category. Still you will find yourself intrigued and kibitzing. Oh what a tangled web we weave.

Local girl Tamara (Gemma Arterton) gets a new proboscis and body to match. After making good as a journalist she returns to her hometown and plays havoc with the local men folk. And that is not all that is happing in the town. To name a couple, we have a married writer with a wondering uh...err... eye, and a couple of schoolgirls playing out their fantasies.

Be prepared for some colorful descriptive words and some suggestive scenes. The only poignant scene that sort of puts a damper on the presentation is when a main character (four-legged) is dispatched while having a little fun, even if it is relevant to the plot.

I only watched the Blu-ray version so I cannot compare. However the voice over commentary is worth taking the time to listen to. I also have not read the novel but will have to to be sure I did not miss anything.

The Girl Most Likely To . . .DVD ~ Stockard Channing
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A quiet English village seems like a good spot for a writer's workshop run by a successful novelist and his wife who minds their farm and cooks up a storm. But beneath the surface of the rural quiet, things are bubbling. The novelist is as adulterous as the hero of his potboiler novels, as he fools around with the young woman writer Tamara Drewe who has returned to her native village. The cozy life of these villagers, however, is upset by Tamara taking up with a popular rock star and drummer. This rhythmic snogging and shagging get the attention of two teenage girl fans of the drummer, who go so far as to sneak into Tamara's cottage and email the drummer on her password-unprotected computer (once he has left for his London flat) in order to entice him back to the village and Tamara's bed. The girls' "messing" with Tamara and her life ends up turning over the whole applecart--with hilarious results!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
This is a fantastic film. If you like Gemma Artherton, you will love this comedy of relationship errors of people of all ages.
Published 1 month ago by Kathy Sandrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a good movie! Great acting, funny, witty, quirky. Loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Amie Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Welshmen and a Lady
One of my favorite movies that has it all: comedy, drama, death, and love. It is a light hearted look at life in the English countryside.
Published 7 months ago by Sahar
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
The DVD reached my place before my expecting date. By the way,great dvd quality! thanks a lot to your work.
Published 8 months ago by jiliya
5.0 out of 5 stars Call me crazy but this has become one of my all time fav films
After I watched this film 2 or 3 times I became obsessed with it. It is so quirky and unpredictable and the characters wildly apart from each other. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars What a jewel!!
This movie is fanatic. Hilarious, heartbreaking, a total "chick-flick"!! I could watch it everyday along with pride and prejudice and chocolat. Read more
Published 9 months ago by AWVA
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
I absolutely loved this film, set in a beautiful village in England, I could not stop laughing all the way through.
Published 9 months ago by NAT C
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this under-appreciated movie - love Gemma, Dominic...
I'll watch anything directed by Stephen Frears. It's usually a bet that pays off (Philomena, The Queen, Dirty Pretty Things are among many worthwhile viewings). Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andy Orrock
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd starring gemma!
Great hard to find DVD. A must have for your movie collection. Love this movie. Big gemma Atherton fans here.
Published 10 months ago by Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see movie .You will laught and you will enjoy !!!!
Dominic Cooper fans you will be delighted !!!!!! He is soooooooooooooooo sexy !!!!!!! The other older characters are good and the scenery is enchanting !!!
Published 12 months ago by france laliberte
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