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The Grand Seduction

Rated PG-13 115 minutes 2014

Irish character actor Brendan Gleeson and American hunk Taylor Kitsch make a pleasant pair in this watchable but unnecessary remake of the 2013 French-Canadian comedy La Grande Seduction (released in the U.S. as Seducing Doctor Lewis). The people of an impoverished harbor town hope to attract a petrochemical plant, but the law requires them to have a resident doctor; when they manage to land a monthlong visit from a young cosmetic surgeon (Kitsch), the town's biggest booster (Gleeson) conspires with his neighbors to stage various hoaxes in hope of persuading the young man that their crummy outpost is a rustic wonderland. If I recall correctly, the original movie gave much more screen time to the comely bartender who attracts the doctor's attentions, but the remake is such a Pabst-Blue-Ribbon love story among the gruff townsmen that actress Liane Balaban can barely get her foot in the door. Don McKellar directed; with Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her).

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Director: Don McKellar

Producer: Barbara Doran, Roger Frappier, Jeff Sackman and Mark Slone

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, Rhonda Rodgers and Anna Hopkins

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