Director: Nigel Cole
Writer: Craig Ferguson (Screenplay) Mark Crowdy (Story)
Starring: Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson, Martin Clines, Tcheky Karyo, Jamie Foreman, Bill Bailey
Plot: A small-town English widow, facing financial troubles after her husband’s suicide, turns to agriculture of an illegal kind.
Tagline – Grace’s doctor is worried about the state of her joints.
Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Saving Grace starts as a small-town English widow Grace (Blethyn) learns her late husband has left her with financial troubles, owing plenty of money across the board, with little hope of making the required money. When Grace’s gardener Matthew (Ferguson) turns to her with an offer to help him grow a weed supply, she jumps at a chance to use her green fingers.
When Grace sees the number of plants flourish, Matthew sees the potential money coming in, building a drift between his wife Nicky who isn’t happy with the idea that he is risking his future by committing the crime of producing drugs, can the two stop before they get caught.
Thoughts on Saving Grace
Thoughts – Saving Grace is a crime comedy that will follow a widower that finds a new lust for life helping her gardener grow his weed, with the two using the chance to get the money they need in life. This will give us the unlikely friendship between Grace’s Brenda Blethyn and Matthew, Craig Ferguson. We do have the concern from an important figure in Matthew’s life, showing how a relationship can be strained by lose of work and taking a chance on something new and dangerous. This story does play into the comedy more than anything else, which will get small-town laughs in the film, instead of going for the full-blown comedy. There is plenty of heart, with the idea that someone will enter a world outside of their comfort zone highlighting the struggles to make ends meet.
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Final Thoughts – Saving Grace is a fun, enjoyable British comedy at its very best.