A quirky writers’ colony gets shaken up when local girl Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton), the town’s ugly duckling, returns as a stunning beauty. Every guy in sight falls in love with her, but it’s hard to really care because almost everyone is so unsympathetic. Only the local girls’ attempts to sabotage Tamara’s affair with a rock star and a death worthy of Hot Fuzz’s killing spree are worth some laughs.
Tamara Drewe | Directed by Stephen Frears (UK 2010) with Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper. Opens December 30.