Rated R · 110 minutes · 2010

Breezy and engaging yet soft and a little stupid, Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe is not like the under-the-radar director’s great films, like The Grifters, High Fidelity and The Queen. However, as those titles illustrate, Frears likes to change it up, so he has arrived at a graphic-novel adaptation that was originally inspired by Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd. Not exactly rife with problems, Tamara Drewe is not brimming with obvious solutions, either. It has too many characters and subplots, but that’s part of being a British comedy, isn’t it? Frears gets good mileage out of his leading lady, the lovely Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), but Tamara Drewe is more a comedy with errors than a comedy of them.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/tamaradrewe
Director: Stephen Frears
Producer: Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits, Tracey Seaward, Sharon Harel, Christine Langan, Maya Amsellem and Eve Schoukroun
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans, Tamsin Greig, Jessica Barden, Charlotte Christie, John Bett, James Naughtie, Josie Taylor and Bronagh Gallagher


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Indy Week Tamara Drewe is a lively, if flawed, Thomas Hardy update This bustling country comedy achieves the goal of both invoking a certain English literary tradition and lightly satirizing our nostalgia for it. by David Fellerath 11/17/2010
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