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The Grand Seduction review

Brendan saves a village...

Pretence is a key theme in Don McKellar’s provincial comedy, a remake of Québécois hit Seducing Doctor Lewis . The film, alas, is merely phony. Brendan Gleeson plays a former fisherman who leads a fraudulent bid to seduce a city GP (Taylor Kitsch) into moving to his depressed harbour village so that a factory can bring jobs there. Locals pretend to like the GP’s favourite sport (cricket) and drug (cocaine), drolly.

But McKellar’s take on class is a fib too far: low-grade laughs can’t sweeten the sour message that any crap job will placate working folks. Think: Local Zero.

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Kevin Harley is a freelance journalist with bylines at Total Film, Radio Times, The List, and others, specializing in film and music coverage. He can most commonly be found writing movie reviews and previews at GamesRadar+.