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Tamara Drewe [DVD]

Gemma Arterton , Roger Allam , Stephen Frears    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003LPUMG8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,327 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hardy inspired rom-com with a cold edge 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
3.0 out of 5 stars A confused film that somehow works... just 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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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, quietly amusing, very well cast 22 Sep 2010
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is an enjoyable film but not a remarkable one. Based quite faithfully on Posy Simmonds' 'Guardian' cartoon strip, which eventually became a 'graphic novel', it adapts some elements in Hardy's 'Far from the Madding Crowd' to a modern English rural setting. Tamara returns to the village in which she was brought up to renovate and eventually sell her former home. A kind of voluptuous innocent, she has affairs with Ben Sergeant, a scowling pop guitarist, and Nicholas Hardiment, the fairly loathsome local author (who runs with his unfortunate and much betrayed wife a retreat for aspiring writers). All the while she is idolised by the decent young lad with whom she grew up, Andy Cobb. The guitarist drifts away, the author gets his come-uppance bigtime and all is well at the end.

There are parallels with Hardy in character and situation but not at all in atmosphere. There are moments of genuine pathos in the film, particularly with Hardiment's wife Beth, but it is largely gently humorous, with absurd situations playing off each other to raise a smile. It is always watchable and often funny. On the level of pleasant entertainment, it succeeds.

The film is very well cast and very well made. Gemma Arterton, who has real screen presence, is excellent as Tamara. Roger Allam and Tamsin Greig as the Hardiments are absolutely right for their roles, and indeed Tamsin Greig is one of the big plusses of the film. Bill Camp, Dominic Cooper and Luke Evans are all fine as a kindly American writer, the smouldering guitarist and the decent Gabriel Oak figure. There has to be a special word for Jessica Barden, really first-rate as Jody, a star-struck fifteen-year-old whose adolescent interference sparks some important plot developments.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Brit film, for a change 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great thank you....
Published 28 days ago by C. Wintle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Film..
Published 1 month ago by Brian Knight
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
i hated it it was to long drawn out and boring
Published 1 month ago by rosie pomfret
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying!
This film is so random, I love it! Such a good Sunday afternoon film, and the two teenage girl characters are just so funny.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah, 17
1.0 out of 5 stars ... as trailer for another already purchased and thought looked fun. I...
Saw this film advertised as trailer for another already purchased and thought looked fun. I shouldn't have bought as thought a waste of money.
Published 1 month ago by Animal crazy lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ok
Published 2 months ago by MARK TIMBRELL
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Not a great film really. The plot is rather basic and despite having what is now a very famous cast list, it is pretty boring. Read more
Published 2 months ago by VB
5.0 out of 5 stars British Rom-Com Fun
With a top notch cast, hiliarious script and non-stop twists and turns - 'Tamara Drewe' is one to watch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike Jeavons
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Very British type comedy, a little in the same vein as "Keeping Mum," rural rompings and intrigues. An interesting end which would be a spoiler to reveal.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish film
Really one of the worst films Iv ever seen! It's just rubbish! Got some great actors in but it realy is bad n unbelievable. Don't buy this film unless it's 50p.
Published 5 months ago by suzi-may
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