‘THE GRAND SEDUCTION’: A UNIQUE INDIE DRAMA ABOUT COMMUNITY

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Finding a good movie is rare right now. Then there are those random finds on a random streaming service. The Grand Seduction is a dramedy that live on Prime.

The Grand Seduction (2003) Film Review

The small fishing village of Tickle Head is no longer the happy or bustling place it once was. Now the village is all primarily on welfare and the pride of hard work is gone out of the village residents. They now have a chance to attract a new recycling plant only the one impediment is they have no doctor among their neighbors. After the mayor leaves, Murray French (Brendan Gleason) takes up the post and through a series of events, they wind up with a doctor for a month.

The plan is to seduce the good doctor into staying permanently. Paul (Taylor Kitsch) has a few challenges which is what lands him in this one month job. One day in, and he’s ready to head back to the city where his fiancée and dog reside, which means the residents will have to up their game.

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This has been on Prime for quite a while though I hadn’t ever watched it. Partly because I thought it was about something else. When I realized it was a kind of independent film, I did give it a chance and I’m happy I did. The film’s runtime does go a little overlong though I think this is a kind of unspoken rule for independent filmmaking.

As a story, this is fun. I like the concept and how the film uses “seduction” in a different way than we usually think of it. The only thing that doesn’t really play well is the marriage and sex metaphor. I think it takes the story down and lessens the script’s appeal. Sweet moments are the norm in this film. Small though it is, the back and forth between Kathleen and Paul is also adorable; she’s quite memorable and really deserved more screen time.

Imperfect in places and really charming in other instances, this is a memorable film for that next movie night in.

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‘THE GRAND SEDUCTION’: A UNIQUE INDIE DRAMA ABOUT COMMUNITY. Review of the 2003 dramedy with Taylor Kitsch. Text is © Rissi JC

Content: there is a lot of innuendo. One scene features a man having phone sex (he mentions his “machine” and where he’d put it sending the residents into a tizzy). There is more mentions of this later one. A man suggests having “intercourse” as part of the seducing. A husband and wife have sex in the beginning and the end. There is some profanity. The film is PG-13.

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