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The Grand Seduction

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Bland Full Monty-esque dramedy has some risque stuff.

Movie PG-13 2014 113 minutes
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A remake of the 2003 French-Canadian movie Seducing Doctor Lewis, THE GRAND SEDUCTION fits squarely into the template of The Full Monty and its many knock-offs. In other words, it's a cutesy, quirky dramedy about a working-class community that works together to find a solution in the face of hardship. Certainly this formula works sometimes, but, as directed by Don McKellar, The Grand Seduction seems more bent on following the recipe than developing any actual characters or connections.

The big city doctor makes a huge and unlikely transformation over the course of the movie; when he decides to stay, his decision rings false. Likewise, his relationship with Murray is forced, and both characters are forced into a father/son-type connection. The only cliché the movie avoids is a potential romance between the doctor and pretty Liane Balaban, a choice that feels equally false. All in all, it's a bland movie with no idea how to communicate its agenda.

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