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Watermelon [DVD] [2003]


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  • Actors: Anna Friel, Brenda Fricker, Ciarán McMenamin, Sean McGinley, Jamie Draven
  • Directors: Kieron J. Walsh
  • Writers: Colin Bateman, Marian Keyes
  • Producers: Brendan McCarthy, Christine Langan, David Collins, John McDonnell, Saurabh Kakkar
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2007
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L43AXE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Television drama based on the novel by Marian Keyes. Claire Ryan (Anna Friel), a young woman with a strange relationship to the truth, is left literally holding the baby when her doting, not to mention gorgeous, boyfriend James (Jamie Draven) discovers that the child he thought was his is actually the result of a previous relationship. As Claire craves space to contemplate her future, little does she know that both men will make it rather harder for her to move on than she anticipated.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
I purchased this film for a number of different reasons, the main ones being that I have always wanted to see how good an actress Anna Friel is and also because I enjoy films made in the UK which don't have big Hollywood names in them (the fact that the rather nice Jamie Draven is in it doesn't go amiss either!).

Having not yet read the book which inspired the film I can't comment on how good an adaptation it is unlike other reviews I have read. What I can comment on however is how good it is and how well it stands on its own as a film.

I must admit that I was a little shocked when I first saw how long it is on for (the run time for it is just under one and a quarter hours) but, you have to remember that it was originally made to be shown on ITV and so wasn't going to be as long as films made for the cinema. The short amount of time does mean that, in some parts, the storyline seems a little rushed but, having said this, it does give you all the information you need as a viewer and keeps you gripped all the way through with its mix of drama and humour.

The actors are all fantastic and manage to evoke a number of different emotions from the viewer (I found myself yelling at the TV on more than one occasion for example!). The main character Claire (played by Freil) comes across as a well rounded person and, although her one-to-ones with the camera are a little annoying at first, you really get to know her better and understand what she's thinking as the film progresses.

Overall I think the film is worth watching, especially if you're having a girly night in or want a quick `pick me up'/ feel good film and I give it 5/5. (I'd happily give it a 10/5 however just for the scene in which Draven gets into the bath tub with his jeans still on!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chick lit lover on 16 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
If you love the books of Marian don't watch as you will come away with a sour taste in your mouth. I watched this via a rental. I was pulled into it because it was "based" on or "adapted from" Marian's book.

They butchered the story. I'm sure that, from what I recall, there were various characters missing from the plot, namely a walsh sister or two. And they got the male leads mixed up....

I switched off after about 1/2 an hour and wouldn't watch again.

I'm sure it is a great movie if you've never cracked the spines of a Marian Keyes book. Hopefully it will make people want to read her novels.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Fowler on 20 April 2007
Format: DVD
Rom-com, typically girly movie that is lighthearted and entertaining. Shown on ITV approx 2003, so a treat to be released on DVD.
Enjoyable film about the trouble and joys of love and lust and the complications that a child can bring for a young woman who has a 'sporadic relationship with the truth'. A heartwarming tale.
My personal favourite actor Jamie Draven features as lovable and caring character, James. It's well worth a watch with family and/or friends.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Emma Richardson on 18 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
i thought Watermelon is a great heartwarming story about a young irish girl trying to find her way and feet in life and all the hassle of love and romance that comes with it ...its funny without being cheesy, light hearted and it still gets to the point. it shows how things are for all the charecters and you get to know and understand how they are all feeling, and connect with the charecters.
Jamie Draven looks very hot in this romantic comedy and as usaul he gives an 100% to this role and give a class A performance! Anna friel gives an excerlent performace too and her accent dosent slip once from start to finish. Brilliant film!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vivienne Kelly on 3 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
I am a huge Marian Keyes fan and having read Watermelon twice and loved it, I thought I'd order the film on DVD. It's good but not great. Anne Friel makes a god heroine but the Irish accents throughout were dodgy to say the least.
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Every now and then some movie comes along that you don't expect to be good but then it suddenly surprises you. That was my experience last night with Watermelon; the film adaptation of Marian Keyes best-selling novel.

What is so beautiful about this story is it's simplicity. Who would have thought that such a simple, straight-forward almost every day story could be so compelling? In short, funloving Claire Ryan (Anna Friel) has the world at her feet, she has just graduated from university and is now off to London to start a new life with her boyfriend. Everything seems perfect until her boyfriend leaves her and then she discovers she is pregnant. But where does her new beau fit into all of this? Some tough decisions are called for but procrastination is the root of all evil.

Granted the story does not seem the most original but what makes this film truly memorable is its unique and very charming script full of just the right combination of humour and sentiment, that will have you laughing one minute and in tears the next. Perhaps the ending was a bit sudden (the film is not even an hour and a half so it could have allowed a bit more time at the end) but I wouldn't mark the film down because of that.

Add to this a strong set of actors in the form of the lively Friel, the caring Fricker and of course the gorgeous James Draven and viewers are certainly in for a treat.

To conclude Watermelon is not a movie that is going to change your life, it is not a movie worthy of an Oscar but does any of that matter? Not a bit! It is perfect for a girly-night in, a mother-daughter catch-up or even a date-movie. Highly recommended. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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