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Saving Grace (2000) August 6, 2006

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Drugs are bad, mmkay?

Dir. Nigel Cole
Starring Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson and Martin Clunes

After years of no sex, Grace finally gets screwed by her husband, when he dies and leaves her £300.000+ in debt.

Saving Grace is a charming tale of marijuana cultivation in rural Britain. Grace, with the help of some friends and her green fingers, devises a plan to solve her monetary problems – a bit of homegrown hemp. While dodging debt collectors, vicars and nosey policemen the crew fill Grace’s greenhouse to the brim with illegal plants. There’s tons of drug references in this movie. No kidding. It’s all handled in a way that no sane individual could criticize though, and it’s all very very funny. It’s disarmingly direct and doesn’t paint things in black and white.

Corn Flakes gets you high, You're Scottish!, We need a weed-whacker

Craig Ferguson, the Hank Azaria look-alike you may know from The Drew Carey Show is great as the bumpy scottish shoulder Grace gets to lean on. And of course, Brenda Blethyn proves she’s one of the funniest and most diverse actresses in britain.

This movie was rated R in the US, PG in Canada, and ‘from 7 and up’ in most of Europe. I don’t know if that speaks more of the political climate relating to drugs, or how obsessive compulsive MPAA is. Come on, movies don’t make kids start smoking weed, the kids’ incendiary friends do ;).

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Saving Grace (2000) August 6, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Movies.
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Very Special Tea Blend

Dir. Nigel Cole
Starring Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson and Martin Clunes

What’s a widow to do when she learns that not only did her dearly departed not leave her any money, he has also left her in terrible debt? Grace (Brenda Blethyn) has never held a job, and there’s not much chance of her being able to do something that would cover the 300,000 pounds that she needs to gather quickly or risk losing her beautiful home.

They say when one door closes, a window opens. Grace has got quite the green thumb and a hothouse full of difficult to grow, orchids to prove it. Here’s where Matthew (Craig Ferguson) comes in. He’s her grounds keeper and he approaches Grace for a private consultation as he has been having a wee bit of a problem growing his own private stash of pot plants! Learning that the plant is worth it’s weight in gold she throws out all the orchids and embarks on a “joint” venture with Matthew to grow enough weed to quickly raise the money to save her home.

The comedy that ensues is low-key yet hilarious. The town Grace lives in is tiny and full of quirky and fun individuals including 2 little old ladies that own a variety shop who do their darndest not to charge Grace for anything because they know she’s having financial problems. This is where this movie has all it’s strength: in the sweet warm characters that invade your heart and make you smile with their warmth and generosity as you want to join with them as they cheer Grace on.

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