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James Corden is Paul Potts

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David Frankel’s ( The Devil Wears Prada ) schmaltzy biopic turns the story of Britain’s Got Talent success Paul Potts into a loser-takes-all heartstring-tugger.

James Corden projects vulnerability as the mobile-phone salesman turned operatic sensation, whose path to an audience with Simon Cowell (one of the film’s producers) takes in a disapproving dad (Colm Meaney), mishaps and a romance with Boots worker Julie-Ann (Alexandra Roach).

Potts does the singing himself, but that doesn’t stop Justin Zackham’s ( The Big Wedding ) contrived script from sounding bum notes throughout.

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