0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a challenging movie that will polarise opinion - witness the number of one and five star reviews on here as proof of that.
For me, the movie should be seen by anyone with a love for independent movie-making. It's so cheap, even if you hate it, what have you lost?
It's easy to praise Ellen Page for her performance, but that would be unfair to Patrick Wilson, who has the more difficult role and leaves you occasionally hoping he escapes his treatment.
One last thing, the main documentary is very revealing and worthwhile, as are the commentaries - with the Page/Wilson one being particularly engaging.
I wish all DVDs were as good as this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I don't write a lot of reviews but felt the need to defend this movie from the 1-star reviews. Each to their own but I have watched the film twice and thorougly enjoyed it both times.
It's an engaging story, and very well acted - particularly from Eddie Marsan who plays a racist driving instructor with anger management problems.
Funny and (mostly) warm-hearted it's yet more proof that Leigh really is a national treasure.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I find it very sad that this movie has received so many 1-star reviews.
I can only imagine they came upon this film by accident as, for me, it is very typical Mike Leigh, and harks back to his earlier character-driven films such as High Hopes and Life Is Sweet.
At its heart is a fantastic performance from Lesley Manville as a neurotic, single women, desperate for love but with very little empathy for others.
I can recommend this to anyone who has the time to invest in a slow-paced, but well written movie that features well-rounded everyday people.