When her husband jumped out of a plane without a parachute grace trevethen knew life would get tough but she had no idea just how tough. Left with a manor on the cornish coast a mountain of debt and dozens of creditors on ... more »her heels shes about to lose everything. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 05/10/2005 Starring: Brenda Blethyn Craig Ferguson Run time: 93 minutes Rating: R Director: Nigel Cole« less
"Superb. Grace (Brenda Blethyn) is widowed and instead of finding her comfortable country life insured, discovers she's been left with a huge debt that threatens her ability to retain the family home. Then she finds that her charming gardener has been growing a few marijuana plants on her property, and they're looking a little sickly. He hesitantly comes to her for green thumb advice - and she sees a way out of her debt. The rest? Well, I'm sorry: you'll just have to see the movie. But suffice it to say that you won't regret it. It's a hoot and a half and all's well that end's well. The scene where a group of 'ladies to do tea' get inadvertently stoned when the wrong leaves are used for the afternoon brew - it's worth seeing all by itself. Fun, funny, sweet, and silly - and utterly charming.
Patrick Burnett | San Francisco, CA USA | 09/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A comedy about a sweet, debt-plagued, little old English lady who grows marijuana to keep her 300-year old house off the auction block? Why not? And while we're at it, can you throw in a naked bobby? "Saving Grace" is one of the cooler movies I've seen this year, having flown right in under the hype radar. Oh, sure, I saw a trailer for it earlier while visiting San Francisco, but I live in Georgia - not exactly the foreign film capitol of the world. So when this movie appeared and my wife said she wanted to see it, I was a little surprised. The story is plausible enough; when her debt-plagued, cheatin' husband steps out of an airplane without a parachute ("Maybe he was looking for the loo," says one naive old gal) and leaves her in terrible debt and up to her ears in bad business dealings, Grace Trevethyn is desperate. So desperate that she begins growing marijuana in her greenhouse (the scene depicting Grace tossing her award-winning orchids out the door to make room is hysterical). The film takes place in Cornwall and the sound was a little muddy, so I had trouble understanding everyone at first, but after the first twenty minutes or so it was fine. With the exception of a small-time drug dealer, who is played too goofy for my tastes, all of the performances are top notch. The real surprise here is Craig Ferguson (the Drew Carey show's Mr. Wicke), who plays a very sweet, sensitive Scottish gardener with visions of pot buds dancing in his head. He also co-wrote & co-produced. I laughed through the entire film. Director Nigel Cole has a terrific comedic sense and was able to make even a few of the background scenes funny. In the end, everything turns out just the way you want it to, though not in the way you expect, which is perfect for a little movie you weren't even sure you wanted to see in the first place. I highly recommend it."
Laugh Out Loud Funny! British Comedy.
Tanya L. Schaub | Livermore, Maine USA | 07/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Absolutely loved this British Comedy! In the spirit of "The Full Monty" this story revolves around a get rich scheme in England. Grace is left a widow by the death of her husband and a pauper as well. She had no idea he had mortgaged their 300 year old house and everything in it. But, along comes the solution. She is a wonderful greenhouse gardener and her gardener beings a problem to her... A couple of his plants are dying and he needs and expert.
Just what his plants are leads to some of the funniest parts of the movie. Between that and the entire town turning a blind eye to her new project, as they all "love Grace" will make you laugh out loud.
Wonderful "real people" ensemble cast. No one is too beautiful and in fact more than a few are the average kind of person.
Everyone over 18 that likes a good comedy should see this one. "
Charming and Quirky
jaysfan007 | Yardley, PA, United States | 12/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw Saving Grace on a Virgin Atlantic flight in July, coming home from Scotland. I never heard of the movie, but was quickly drawn in by the characters setting and plot. When it finally opened in the U.S., I became a one-man PR firm, talking the film up and getting people to go see it. Brenda Blethyn is one of my favorite actresses, back from when she played the mother in "A River Runs Through It." She plays Grace with dignity, warmth, and just a touch of desperation. Craig Ferguson is nothing like the character he plays on Drew Carey. His Matthew is sweet, concerned, and a little irresponsible, but trying hard to do the best he can. The supporting cast is wonderful too, adding a richness to the village in Cornwall that makes you care about what is happening, and believe it to be possible. Martin Clunes as Dr. Bamford, and Valerie Edmond as Matthew's girlfriend, Nicky, provide a sense of whimsy and groundedness to the events that unfold. Combine the performances with a good soundtrack and the beautiful setting on the Cornish coast and you have a great "little" film in which you will discover new things with each viewing."
Brenda Blethyn and Cornish Village Characters Can't Be Beat
carol irvin | United States | 12/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My friend Aleta and I saw this movie together too in the theater and it played to a packed house. We are both middle-aged women so we have become over time big Brenda Blethyn fans. We doubted that any American movie maker would have made this film with a middle-aged woman, Blethyn, as not only the leading character but also the lead ROMANTIC character. This film contains the ultimate dose of charm, humor and whimsy as only the British can show in their own unique fashion. Admittedly, sometimes I "get" their funny movies and sometimes I don't. This one we both "got" and were laughing uproariously throughout it as was our audience. Yes, it goes a bit over the top at the end but it's a very "feel good" ending and this movie was a bit of a fairy tale anyway so it didn't bother us. The plot involves a newly widowed and thus impoverished Blethyn who is a top gardener in her village. When her gardener brings her his marijuana stash for rejuvenation, they decide to grow more and sell a big crop of it to a drug dealer so as to solve her money problems. Seeing Blethyn trying to find a drug dealer in London on her own is worth the price of admission alone for outright hilarity. If the film maker had chosen heroin as the drug the movie obviously would not have worked. However, the use of marijuana in this movie is about as "serious" as its use in the old Cheech and Chong movies. I also doubt that English Cornish villages, as shown here, could in real life be this utterly charming and perfect but I sure loved the fantasy of it in the movie."