It’s been a while since we saw such a darling little comedy as this one. Set in a tiny village, the townsfolk must convince a new doctor to stay in order for a business contract to go through. What follows is a series of comedic attempts to help the doctor feel welcome which will ultimately end up in more jobs for the village. The whole idea of a town getting together in order to deceive reminds me of the likes of WAKING NED and THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL BUT CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN, also THE WICKER-MAN.
Although there isn’t much subtlety here, the trailer certainly had me laughing at all the right spots. Brendan Gleeson stars as the one man on the island who seems capable of getting things done, while Taylor Kitsch takes a different approach to his blockbusting duds JOHN CARTER and BATTLESHIP. If anything, the film risks being too quaint and cute, so hopefully I’ll be seeing it on a non-cynical day.
THE GRAND SEDUCTION is released in the US on 30th May, with a UK date yet to be confirmed. It stars Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, and Gordon Pinsent.