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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised, 6 Jun 2006
This review is from: Gregory's 2 Girls [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
I have to say I refused to go and see this at cinema as I thought it was a blatent marketing scam - more about accruing revenue than a genuine attempt to update the life of hapless Gregory. I was a huge fan of the original, and I thought I would cringe all the way through this - but its actually quite enjoyable. I was expecting a virtual remake of the doddering inadequacies, clumsy set-pieces, and bella bellas, but although the latter are referenced, Forsyth approaches the film in a totally different way, with Gregory now a believable 30-something, probably at the pinnacle of his earning abilities as a teacher. As with all Forsyth films, the story is rarely plot-reliant, and more about character and relationships, and here he creates an atmosphere that is distinctively real (with the notable exception of Rowan and his world dominating industry). Shot in the pebble-dashed blandness of a Scottish "new town" and concentrating on the increasingly desperate 30-something search for love, he cleverly creates an atmosphere of melancholy, driven by the fear of leaving your youth behind (along with the girls that come with it!) His future (ie. fellow teacher Bel) is not an attractive option, but we all know it is his best option from a small and ever-narrowing pool.

A pleasing film, typical of Forsyth's style, that is just funny and interesting enough to watch as a comedy - but which has a lot more to offer those seeking solace as they approach the societal limbo that can be bachelorhood in your mid-30s! I should say that I am not in this group, but I still found the film entertaining. There are a few minuses - the token nods to the original film are a bit cringey (and in my opinion, unnecessary), whilst the Rowan character doesn't really fit in with the general mood/style - but I don't see why the other reviewers were so upset by it. Perhaps because it isn't Gregory's Girl. I think Forsyth has developed the idea and the character very cleverly indeed.
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