I have to admit that I bought the DVD purely because James Franco was in the film, I am at present trying to collect all of his movies.
I wasn't sure what to expect although I liked the summary of the story. What an excellent film - I often dislike American films because there is so much shouting and noise and you can't understand what is going on half the time, but this was a real treat. It was the kind of film that the Americans make superbly. No background music, simple storyline but a very good one.
James Franco's performance is soooo good and he looks and sounds gorgeous as always. Brenda Blethyn maybe a little over the top with her accent but on the whole all of the cast are great.
Very enjoyable, adult viewing. Highly recommended.