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  • Actors: Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Dominic Cooper, Tamsin Greig
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003LPUMG8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,914 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director Stephen Frears ('The Queen') brings to life Posy Simmonds' comic strip serialised in The Guardian from 2005-2007, starring Gemma Atherton (St Trinians, Quantum of Solace) as glamorous newspaper columnist Tamara Drewe.

Once a shy and unattractive teenager from a small rural idyll, Tamara's past catches up with her when she returns to the village and has to face an old flame.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Aidan J. McQuade on 10 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
As most viewers are probably aware the story is a loose updating of Hardy's "Far from the madding crowd" and focuses on the amorous machinations in a small Dorset community that are provoked by the return of Tamara Drewe to her home village from metropolitan London.

I am quite surprised at the relatively low rating for this film by other Amazon users. I found it an extremely funny, gently cruel movie, which touches lightly on some of the more confusing and painful truths of life, love, adultery and desire. In focussing upon the misadventures of folk associated with a writers' retreat in the village the viewer can take some comfort from the thought their schadenfreude is at the expense, for the most part, of a very egocentric and often unpleasent group of individuals. Of course the innocent and sympathetic get hurt in the process: that this truth is clearly put gives an appealing edge to the film and marks it out from the general, forgettable horde of rom-coms.

The cast are excellent but special mention must be made of Jessica Barden and Charlotte Christie who are particularly brilliant as the two bored local schoolgirls who act as a sort of Chorus to the antics of the adults of the village.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Smith on 2 April 2011
Format: DVD
After a promising start the film meanders off into a whirlwind of plots before wrapping up surprisingly sharply at the end. It is almost as if Frears acknowledged that the film was drifting off into nothing towards the middle and hastily injected a dramatic twist to save it. The cast is good and the acting hard to fault, although I can't shake off the feeling that the film tries to cram in too much and cover too many characters, flitting between all of them which makes it feel a bit more like a TV show than a film. In terms of genre I think it doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a drama or a comedy and floats somewhere between the two. Ultimately it doesn't quite cut it as a comedy, although there are some amusing, witty lines in there. As far as the "romance" goes, the outcome is entirely predictable and thus a little disappointing.

This is not one of the best I've ever seen, not by a long shot, however the strong, realistic acting and the twist at the end, together with the odd chuckle the film elicits, just about keeps the viewer's attention throughout.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By McRonson on 1 April 2012
Format: DVD
Only sixteen five star reviews for this great film compared to twenty one star ratings? This won't do at all!

Make it seventeen five star reviews now - the mark of a good film is how much you 'buy into' or believe in it and if you don't like the actors or the film's concept then nothing will make you like it but for me, I 'bought' into Tamara Drewe very quickly indeed and found an awful lot to enjoy in this film, not least Gemma Arterton's exceptional uh, acting skills. And her short denim shorts.

Tamsin Greig, who was so good as Alice in BBC1s Love Soup series, of course, brings her typical understated style to this likeable, well cast and beautifully directed snapshot of rural England as Beth, the long suffering wife with the eternally philandering hubby played so convincingly by Roger Allam (cue a great moment of horrible honesty from said adulterous husband near the end of the film which doesn't sugarcoat his screwing around at all: scriptwriting genius, I say).

My only complaint is the character of Ben, Tamara's popstar/"rock star" (I use quotes round the words rock star as Ben is a member of a hideously accurate pointless indie band called Swipe), who has an obnoxious attitude more likely to be found in a thuggish penny ante career criminal than a pasty faced Post-Smiths/Oasis Indie "rock" musician (by the way, according to other reviews here, Dominic Cooper's Ben isn't the guitarist in this band, he's the DRUMMER!).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I can see why people have said 'wasted cast' and 'didn't he used to make good movies...' about this Stephen Frears film, but I think that's been a tad harsh. "Tamara Drew" is a rather lovely watch in what is currently a sea of sequels and sewage.

Gemma Arterton continues her rise as a truly British star - she is lucious, soft, and hugely watchable as the lead. The others are all great too and clearly had a laugh making the film in the gorgeous English countryside. The story's better than most, the dialogue is very, very witty in places and the two teenage girls almost nick the picture from the more experienced leads.

OK - it isn't "Love Actually", but it's better than 'The Rebound', 'The Back-Up Plan', 'It's Complicated' and all that insufferably smug rom-com crap that is thrown at us by Hollywood. I thought it had heart.

And it looks beautiful too on Blu Ray.

"Tamara Drew" (like "Wild Target" - see review) is a nice night in. I'd say give it a whirl and never underestimate a nosejob...
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