Main Plot Points:
- A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying.
- As the doctor’s time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction.
What We Thought:
- The Grand Seduction is a quaint, funny little movie.
- I’m a big fan of Brendan Gleeson. I think Taylor Kitsch has the potential to be a solid actor as well despite being in some terrible movies. I thought they had really good chemistry in this and I’d like to see more films similar to this from Kitsch.
- The concept of the film is what makes it work. The small harbor town needs a doctor in order for a factory to get built and provide jobs. Kitsch plays a young doctor who gets into some trouble and the town tries to trick him into sticking around. The location and actors completely make it believable.
- It has a fish out of water vibe similar to Doc Hollywood with the small town feel of Waking Ned Devine. Gleeson is a fantastic Irish actor who has been in some fantastic Irish films and if I didn’t know this movie was Canadian, I would have thought for sure it came from Ireland. It just really captured that small fishing village charm from top to bottom.
- I found myself literally laughing out loud at some of it. The one townsman, Simon, has some really funny bits. Being one of the oldest men around, he gets to say some stuff that’s really funny. The eavesdropping on phone calls, the acts the town folk do to seduce the doctor, all funny to me. The cricket references and the money on the dock made me laugh every time.
- All the actors play it genuine and nonchalant. You believe Kitsch falls for it all hook, line and sinker (pun intended). Gleeson knows he’s lying to the lad, but because he thinks it’s what’s best for the harbor, he feels it’s necessary. As the viewer, you know it’s all a farce, but you also believe, like Gleeson, it’s for good reasons. It’s never mean or malicious. Even in lies, it’s charming.
- I didn’t realize it was written by Ken Scott whose film Starbuck I also liked. He did a full French version of this called Seducing Doctor Lewis in 2003. I guess this is a remake of that like The Delivery Man was a remake of Starbuck.
- I could have seen The Grand Seduction months ago and I wish I had. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. It’s the third good movie this year I’ve seen with Gleeson (Calvary and Edge of Tomorrow being the other two). Same for Kitsch (Lone Survivor, The Normal Heart I also saw this year). If you like small town films, fish out of water films, Gleeson and Irish films, look into this.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Brendan Gleeson
- Taylor Kitsch
Recommended if You Like:
- Doc Hollywood
- Waking Ned Devine
- Small Town, Quaint Movies
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