June 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Tom Long

Review: Sweet 'Grand Seduction' stretches story too far

Taylor Kitsch plays a surgeon in 'Grand Seduction.' (Duncan de Young)

You are easily seduced if you find yourself falling for “The Grand Seduction.”

Then again, this is a film that cries out for faith. It’s a long stretch, but if you buy that stretch, you’ve got a pleasant little film about lovable, simple folk in a colorful place.

Welcome to Tickle Cove harbor on the remote Canadian coast. It used to be an honest fishing village, but fishing has been restricted and now most of the locals line up weekly for welfare checks.

The good news is a petroleum company may want to set up a factory. The bad is that the company requires a doctor to be living in the village before it signs any contract, and there are no doctors.

Until the first of many far-fetched turns sends a newly minted plastic surgeon named Paul Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) to a forced stay in Tickle Cove for a month. Knowing he’s coming, the mayor, Murray (Brendan Gleeson), devises a plan — the town will bend over backwards catering to Paul’s every need and win his heart.

Paul likes cricket — the town builds a cricket field and pretends to play. Paul likes an Indian dish — the local restaurant is serving it.

Unfortunately, to understand Paul’s needs, Murray has his phone tapped, and the town becomes privy to his intimate secrets.

Paul’s gullibility here is somewhat wearing, but Kitsch’s fresh face almost pulls it off. And Gleeson’s gruff bombast is always fun. It’s all very sweet. And a big stretch.

'The Grand Seduction'

GRADE: C+

Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material and drug references

Running time: 113 minutes

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