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Grow Your Own (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 15 June 2007 (UK)
An English community gets testy when a refuge family is granted a plot of land on which to grow vegetables.

Director:

Richard Laxton

Writers:

Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay), Carl Hunter (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Wong ... Kung Sang
Eddie Marsan ... Little John
Omid Djalili ... Ali
Alan Williams ... Kenny
Philip Jackson ... Big John
Pearce Quigley ... Eddie
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Charlie
Olivia Colman ... Alice
Joanna Scanlan ... Barbara
Sarah Hadland ... Carla
Roland Manookian ... Mike
Diveen Henry ... Miriam
Mel Raido ... Nick
Sophie Stanton ... Debbie
Sophie Lee Sophie Lee ... Phoenix
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Political refugees are given allotments as part of a scheme to help them fit into the local community. Reaction is mixed amongst the allotment holders of Blacktree Road, ruled with a rod of iron by committee chairman and ex-cop Big John, who bullies his son, known as Little John. Mobile phone company employees Carla, a go-getting bitch, and her dim young assistant, Mike, arrive at the allotments, offering five grand for one of the plots to make way for a phone mast. It is obvious that the sacrifice will be made by one of the new-comers. John is not keen for it to be Iranian Ali, because he is a qualified doctor, who gives free advice. However, Ali and his family are arrested as unsuccessful asylum seekers and John turns his attention to the plot given to Kung Sang, a traumatised oriental whose young children tend to communicate on his behalf. John's bullying treatment of his son over the latter's interest in African Miriam, and his strict adherence to the rules - including the ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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You never know where you'll find your roots.

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Comedy

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Going Back to My Roots
Written by Lamont Dozier
Produced & Engineered by V.Pope, A.Pope & J.Meehan
For Beetroot Music. Produced by R. Laxton
Vocals by A. Mitchell
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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entertaining if familiar
16 June 2007 | by the_cult_of_cloughSee all my reviews

This was a nice Little film, Nice is probably the crucial word because it did suffer from the British film comedy pitfall of using stock characters while tying everything up too "nicely" at the end. The Eddie Marsan / Olivia Coleman romance storyline must have seemed like well trodden paths through their allotted stories and they pulled off trademark, lovable loser, performances that I am sure would come across as heart-warming if we hadn't seen them many times before. And there were a few other comedy stalwarts playing within similar well ploughed furrows.

That said, there was much to commend the film - the characters were familiar but you felt a warmth for all (of whom you were intended to) and the script although a little threadbare in places had some great moments too; the Grumpy old Rebel and the Chinese family were extremely well written and played. The cinematography was much better than some comments have implied too - there is one shot of darkened clouds over the allotments and a couple of other night-time views that were pretty impressive.

Its a story about a set of allotments and the changing ethnic shape of working class society and as such it is well meaning and entertaining .. yes we have seen much of it before .. yes there have been better Brit films and if you want a hard-biting film about the state of British society or the evils of racism in Britain today, there is a lot better out there but....

I sat in a showing (late admittedly) in a major British City, in that Cities main Cinema, on a Saturday night, on only the second night after the films release, i was the ONLY viewer!! I hope that is not an indication of the films fate because it deserves better than that


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15 June 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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$498,278
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2.35 : 1
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