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The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

British drama celebrates community, plays into stereotypes.

Movie PG 1995 99 minutes
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As its leading star, Grant's unique brand of polite bashfulness adds to the sweet, easy charm of a film that centers around community, teamwork, and local and national pride. The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain is an easy journey from start to finish, holding its relatively slight story with a warmth and humor to match the natural beauty of its location.

The movie plays into Welsh and English stereotypes, but mostly with fondness and a knowing wink. Meaney is likable as the rebellious womanizer of the town, while McNeice, Tara Fitzgerald, and Kenneth Griffith all make the most of their supporting roles, though characters aren't drawn with huge amounts of complexity. It's a simple, nostalgic watch with a predictable plot whose dramatic peaks are more rolling hills than mountains.

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