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Tamara Drewe

If you'd asked me to guess what this film was based on I would have said an old Merchant Ivory script given a makeover by Richard Curtis to add some laughs. I wouldn't have guessed it was a graphic novel, but they'll use that hot new medium to tell any sort of story nowadays – even that of a saucy comic romp in the quaint English countryside.

In this case, the fact it was based on a graphic novel is much more interesting than the movie itself. I just had too hard a time caring about wealthy, self-satisfied toffs cavorting around the countryside.

Part of the problem is that we don't know whose story we're supposed to be concentrating on. Gemma Arteron as Tamara arrives with a flourish and seems to fade into the wallpaper early on despite being the lead and giving the movie its name.

She plays the former ugly duckling turned hot babe reporter who returns to her rural childhood home to sell her family property, but once there she causes ripples among the kooky inhabitants of a writer's retreat and seems to end up in bed with half the cast.

The throughline of the trouble-making teenage girls offers a few laughs and gives the film a light Much Ado About Nothing -like quality, almost the Oberon and Puck of the proceedings as the rest of the cast fall victim to the vagaries of the heart.

But the problem with the whole thing is that there's little of Shakespeare's charm, interesting characters or comedy. I'm all for movies that make you think, but it's also the directors job to put you in a particular mindset and this is just a befuddled mess.

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