Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
One-joke comedy that benefits from the brilliant performance by its beautiful star Brenda Blethyn. She plays the widow of a seemingly rich man who after death leaves her without a penny in the bank and nothing to protect her from losing her beautiful country home. The solution is easy, of course: grow weed in your greenhouse. This she does with her reefer-smoking gardener (Craig Ferguson, who also co-wrote), but the trouble starts when she has to try and sell it all. Extremely funny all the way through, but the film’s last third is so flaccid it seems to undermine everything it’s been working for up until that point.
Portman Entertainment Group, Sky Pictures, WAVEpictures, Homerun Productions, Rich Pickings Ltd., Whizbang Films
United Kingdom, 2000
Story by Mark Crowdy, Screenplay by Craig Ferguson, Mark Crowdy
Cinematography by John de Borman
Produced by Mark Crowdy
Music by Mark Russell
Production Design by Eve Stewart
Costume Design by Annie Symons
Film Editing by Alan Strachan