An English-language remake of the 2004
To lure a petrochemical byproduct repurposing facility to an impecunious former fishing village, its welfare-collecting inhabitants must muster a resident doctor and a hefty bribe. Caught possessing cocaine, plastic surgeon Paul Lewis (
Better known as a utility player acting in arty Canadian fare from the likes of Atom Egoyan and David Cronenberg, director
While "Seducing Dr. Lewis" had a dull made-for-TV look, Douglas Koch's cinematography makes "The Grand Seduction" seem picturesque and lovely enough to pass as a tourism commercial for Newfoundland and Labrador. Yet despite this notable cast, the remake never manages to drum up much excitement for its sleepy hamlet rousing or for its characters, finally filled with purpose.
"The Grand Seduction."
MPAA rating: PG-13 for suggestive material and drug references.
Running time: 1 hour, 55 minutes.