Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
United Kingdom, 2000. Portman Entertainment Group, Sky Pictures, WAVEpictures, Homerun Productions, Rich Pickings Ltd., Whizbang Films. 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.
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.
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Brenda Blethyn)