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4.0 out of 5 stars First, shut down your critical faculties....., March 18, 2012
This review is from: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (DVD)
If you're going to see this delightful movie, the first thing you need to do is to shut down your critical faculties. Don't ask questions about the state of Ewan McGregor's marriage, or the logic of moving thousands of salmon, or the likelihood of a woman hugging an Arab sheikh in a Muslim country, or the ease with which people travel long distances, and so forth. It doesn't matter because the gentle tone of the movie - even with the satirical edge of Kristin Scott Thomas' extremely obnoxious but funny Assistant to the Prime Minister - just carries you away. It's sweet, it's charming, it's not cloying and it definitely draws you in to the story. This is the first movie I've been in a long time where the character of a Scot is a key plot element. [What was the name of the wonderful one years ago with Peter Resier (?) and Burt Lancaster as Texans looking for oil off the cost of Scotland?] Ewan McGregor gets to use his own Scots accent and is just wonderful and appealing in his role. Emily Blunt is also good, as she rolls with the plot.

If you're in the mood for a lovely, gently comic, romantic movie, this is the one.
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Initial post: Mar 22, 2012, 10:06:19 AM PDT
L. Miller says:
I agree that you need to let this movie wash over you without stubbing your toe on the implausibilities. You need to have faith, right? I'm giving it 4 stars also. And the name of the other Scottish movie you asked about is Local Hero.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012, 10:10:28 AM PDT
Thanks for remembering the name of the other movie. I had faith that some amazon reader would know.....

Posted on Apr 7, 2012, 7:40:12 AM PDT
Andy Orrock says:
Well said - it's a nice little movie...you just can't over-analyze it.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012, 11:25:28 AM PDT
bkweb426 says:
The Scottish/Texas oil movie is "Local Heroes".

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012, 2:33:38 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 13, 2012, 4:48:59 PM PDT
Dana says:
Another on in the tone of these two mentioned is The Englishman who went up a hill and came down a mountain. I can't wait to try this one.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012, 7:17:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2012, 7:20:41 AM PDT
Book Lover--Thank you for reviewing this movie in the direction that you took it. I enjoyed your 'take' on this very much. "It's sweet, it's charming, it's not cloying" are all great additions to your review that so many people look for, myself included. Your closing sentence sold this one for me, nice review and one I can personally appreciate. Sheryl *Love the astute title for this review also.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2012, 8:16:00 PM PDT
J.Palmer says:
Interesting factoid about "Local Hero": The actor who played the enterprising townsperson who helped Peter Reigert's character when he arrived in the little Scottish town and who ended up finagling the financial windfall for the little town is actually Ewan McGregor's uncle in real life. I forget his name, but apparently both have good taste when choosing scripts.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013, 9:30:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2013, 9:55:55 PM PST
Happy Mom says:
As others have said, you are thinking of Local Hero. LOVED Local Hero, such a great movie! It has been a long time since I watched it but wasn't Ewan MacGregor one of the band members?

Posted on Aug 3, 2016, 11:02:32 AM PDT
Mark Victor says:
It's more like an alternate reality.
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