Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Michael Sheen, Mark Addy, Jim Carter, Celia Imrie, Ruth Jones
Director: Damien O'Donnell
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
In the entertaining tradition of THE FULL MONTY, here's a delightfully funny story about the wild road trip that changes one man's life! Colin (Michael Sheen -- LAWS OF ATTRACTION) is a simple guy who had always meekly set... more »
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IVOR I. from CHICAGO, IL
Reviewed on 6/29/2012...
Nice little road movie vehicle for England's modern day Alec Guinness, Michael Sheen. A fine ensemble of actors including Mark Addy, Jim Carter, Celia Imrie and Ruth Jones tell a middle-age-crazy story of what happens once a spoiled wife is unfaithful to her charming, naive husband with a small town's bullying police officer (Carter). It's perhaps a little too cute for its own good, but the film's climax, shot in the working class party city of Blackpool, manages to avoid a predictable conclusion. Definitely worth a view.
What a beautiful movie
Lindsay Levesque | Toronto | 11/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I watched it, and almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes but gave it time as some movies start out a bit slow. What a beautifully shot movie, with gorgeous scenery, and a nice simple story. I enjoyed it so much, and liked that the end wasn't as I had expected. I came away after watching that movie, feeling good. Its a simple feel good movie, and I think you learn something from Colin, the main character, as he has learned from all the folks he met through the movie. Oh, and the comparison to Full Monty? No idea how...other than Steve Addy being in both movies, there are no similarities in any way. Very odd...Oh, and the music? Awesome, I bought the best of CD for Kate Rusby last nite after watching and listening to her. Shes a folk singer that performs most of the songs in the movie..."
Blissfully quirky . . .
Ronald Scheer | Los Angeles | 12/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Set somewhere in northern England, this working-class road movie shares some of the same territory as "Full Monty," but it's in a class all by itself. Though it concerns the song-of-experience theme of betrayal and infidelity, it's a PG-13 song of innocence about a woolly-haired young man whose hero is a national darts champion. His journey to a getting-of-wisdom takes him on a moped along narrow two-lane roads and across rolling countryside, where the people he encounters open a world to him he never knew existed.
Almost lost among the oafish, inconsiderate and embittered people, young and old, who surround him, he finds good reason to be touched by those capable of appreciating him. Instead of spoiling his innocence, his experience of this world only seems to deepen it. Michael Sheen as Colin is wonderful, his smile beatific, and his face registering a remarkable range of emotions. If it's possible to put a lump in your throat, this feel-good movie will do it.
David T. Steere, Jr. | Annapolis, MD United States | 10/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A charming, non-sentimental, lovely road movie. An indie feel to it which brought to mind my reaction to the wonderful STATION AGENT--at least in terms of the believable, warm, slightly oddball characters. The lead actor, Michael Sheen, seems a UK version of Alfred E. Newman a bit but charming as can be. The wonderful characters he meets as he mopeds to Blackpool to confront his straying and disillusioned wife are a joy. Most of all one is seized emotionally by the canny use of the music of the great Kate Rusby and John McCusker which fill the film. Kate even appears in person in HEARTLANDS. Buy the film, buy the HEARTLANDS soundtrack album, by everything Kate Rusby has ever done (including her recent concert cd, LIVE FROM LEEDS). All are joys."