Tamara Drewe (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  10 September 2010 (UK)
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A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glen McCreavy
Beth Hardiment
Jody Long
Charlotte Christie ...
Casey Shaw
James Naughtie ...
John Bett ...
Pippa Haywood ...
Susan Wooldridge ...
Penny Upminster
Amanda Lawrence ...


Once the ugly duckling in the Dorset village of Ewedown, Tamara Drewe returns to sell her late mother's house, now a glamorous journalist with a life-changing nose job. She awakens feelings in sexy old flame, Andy, the decent odd job man at pretentious author Nicholas Hardiment's writers' school and in Nicholas himself, a serial philanderer who cheats on his loyal wife Beth. But Tamara has a new man in her life, Ben, an obnoxious rock drummer whose marriage proposal she accepts, to the dismay of local girl - and Ben's biggest fan - Jody. Jody's efforts to sabotage the engagement lead to Tamara, on the rebound and finding Andy in the arms of another, allowing Nicholas to have his wicked way with her, and also allowing it to be photographed and sent to a distraught Beth. Beth's secret admirer, American writer Glen, confronts Nicholas out in the fields, but Ben's dog Boss has got loose and has caused a local farmer's cattle to stampede towards them, an event which will shape the futures ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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A comedy about sex, love and a nose job...


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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10 September 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El regreso de Tamara Drewe  »

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£615,553 (UK) (10 September 2010)


$560,101 (USA) (11 March 2011)

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Did You Know?


In addition to being loosely based on a novel by Thomas Hardy, including a character who is writing a book about Hardy, and having a photograph of Hardy prominently displayed in one scene, the location filming was done in Dorset, where most of Hardy's novels are set - "Wessex" being a thinly fictionalized Dorset. The small ad for the writers' retreat that appears at the beginning of the film is also headed with the title of the novel: "Far from the Madding Crowd". See more »


When the writers at the writers' retreat are typing their books, their keystrokes obviously have nothing to do with the text that is going through their heads. See more »


Tamara Drewe: So, who are your influences?
Ben Sergeant: Everyone asks that. I mean, what do you want me to say? Phil Collins? Animal from The Muppets?
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Version of Far from the Madding Crowd (1915) See more »


Jail-Bait Jody
Written by Benjamin Todd and Nathan Cooper
Performed by Dominic Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Benjamin Todd, Al Anderson and Dave Markee
Published by Copyright Control
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A comedy of affairs
25 November 2010 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Ewedown is an idyllic, little English countryside village where writers retreat to seek inspiration, and peace and quiet. Or at least it was idyllic until Tamara Drewe returned home.

The stunningly beautiful Gemma Arterton plays Tamara Drewe. Her presence immediately sparks the interest of the local men, and the bored, local teenage girls who are looking for excitement to spice up their mundane town life. She is so sexy that she has her choice of affairs, but as usual, it's always the asshole who gets the girl. Just as it looks like Tamara is going to settle down with the rock and roll drummer Ben (Dominic Cooper) to interrupt the reserved lifestyle of the village, life gets complicated for everybody who wants something with Tamara.

"Tamara Drewe" is a comedy of affairs, complete with foul language, quirky characters and the irreverent British humour. Arterton sparkles as Tamara, but it's less about the characters and more about who will bed who and what will the consequences be? It sometimes seems to forget the age of its audience when it goes for the comedy of teenage girls getting into mischief, but it's also exactly what you would expect for an odd comedy about a group of writers and one hot girl.

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