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Grand Seduction, The (12A)


The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Gleeson) leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) he employs - along with the whole town - tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently. Read more …

The critical consensus

Like a reheated fish dinner, this idea tasted better first time around.

**(*)(*)(*)Anna Smith, Empire Online, 25/08/2014

McKellar’s take on class is a fib too far: low-grade laughs can’t sweeten the sour message that any crap job will placate working folks. Think: Local Zero.

**(*)(*)(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 25/08/2014

If you would like to see a rabble of middle-aged men deceiving Taylor Kitsch on an island, go right ahead.

**(*)(*)(*)Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies, 28/08/2014

Despite some occasional wobbles, this is a charming small-town comedy in the Ealing tradition, while Douglas Koch's attractive cinematography is almost enough to make you consider relocating to Newfoundland. Almost.

***(*)(*)Matthew Turner, The List, 26/08/2014

The Grand Seduction is a gentle, amiable but toothless comedy.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 28/08/2014

The eternally reliable Brendan Gleeson is among the conniving residents but this wheezy, old-fashioned fare reminds you just how good Local Hero was.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 29/08/2014

Even Brendan Gleeson can't lift this comedy set in a down-at-heel Newfoundland fishing village.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 31/08/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday September 5, 2014, until Thursday September 11, 2014. More info:

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