The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Gleeson) leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) he employs - along with the whole town - tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently. Written by
When I was a boy, Tickle Head was a proud fishing harbor. Back then, people from Tickle Head were strong, dignified, brave. Their days were filled with purpose. By no means was this life for the faint of heart, for the weak or the lazy, but as I look back now, I can truly say life was a thing of beauty.
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The Grand Seduction is one of those movies that mainly exist to make the audience feel good. It's a movie that entices the thought of a simple life and humble beginnings and it is generally just harmless. It also features a great actor like Brendan Gleeson and underrated actor Taylor Kitsch. At the end of the day, it is a movie that has some funny jokes and it is entirely watchable, but it never really stands out.
Good: I liked the actors involved. Gleeson always delivers and its nice to see him tackle on more comedic roles. His obsession in order to get this doctor to stay leads to some funny scenarios. Kitsch is also solid as the doctor as he thankfully is not playing a jerk. The scenery is also breath taking.
Bad: The movie is just very predictable. From the start of the film, the movie hits all the beats a comedy/rom com has to achieve and never surprises you which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it made the whole movie settle on average. Also, the whole story involving this doctor settling in this town has to rely on some suspension of logic since the town don't hide this seduction plan all that well and Kitsch has to play dumb through most of it.
Overall, it's an enjoyable movie. It's funny in parts and it moves at a good pace and features solid performances. It's just not that special. More of a rental on a Saturday.
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