Movie Review: Tamara Drewe

Thursday, October 07, 2010
By Abbey Khan


Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) causes quite a commotion when she returns to sell her English countryside home following her mother’s death. Thanks to a successful nose job, the one-time ugly duckling is now a ravishing beauty and catches the eye of all the men in town and the envy of all the women.

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Tamara’s presence may turn the town upside down, but her own life gets complicated when two bored teenagers who refer to her as “plastic” try to destroy Tamara in their pursuit of her rockstar fiance Ben Sergeant (Dominic Cooper).

Recommendation: B+
This film is fun to watch and you either love the characters or love to hate them. In the graphic novel of the same name, the schoolgirls Jody Long and Casey Shaw, are not as integral as they are in the film. Writer Moira Buffini did a great job in reworking the story to make them a major component– I can’t imagine the film without them!

Tamara Drewe is a Sony Pictures Classics film and directed by Stephen Frears. The film opens in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 8, 2010.

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