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Fisherman's Friends (2019)

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Details: 112mins mins · English

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Fisherman’s Friends is based very loosely on a true story, but most of the characters and situations, as well as the romance subplot, have been invented for the screen. It’s a fairly predictable and corny but nonetheless enjoyable fish-out-of-water comedy, with the sea shanty musical numbers adding some welcome novelty. It makes a nice change to see this kind of village community presented onscreen in a way that isn’t condescending, with the city slicker characters being the butt of more jokes than the Westcountry locals are. The cast is mostly fine, but the father-daughter duo of James Purefoy and Tuppence Middleton make the strongest impression and manage to suggest depth and layers to their characters, whose pride in their community and anger at perceived betrayal provide the film’s strongest moments and power the plot.
But I feel that the romance subplot between the young London exec and the owner of the local B’n’B takes up too much of the screen time. It would have been more inte...(more)

Fisherman’s Friends is based very loosely on a true story, but most of the characters and situations, as well as the romance subplot, have been invented for the screen. It’s a fairly predictable and corny but nonetheless enjoyable fish-out-of-water comedy, with the sea shanty musical numbers adding some welcome novelty. It makes a nice change to see this kind of village community presented onscreen in a way that isn’t condescending, with the city slicker characters being the butt of more jokes than the Westcountry locals are. The cast is mostly fine, but the father-daughter duo of James Purefoy and Tuppence Middleton make the strongest impression and manage to suggest depth and layers to their characters, whose pride in their community and anger at perceived betrayal provide the film’s strongest moments and power the plot.
But I feel that the romance subplot between the young London exec and the owner of the local B’n’B takes up too much of the screen time. It would have been more interesting to spend more time with the fishermen themselves and learn a bit more about their lives and work. Some members of the group only get a few lines and don’t develop much as characters. And I could happily have listened to a few more songs, of which there are only a handful in total dotted throughout the film.
It’s a fairly gentle comedy, which will probably raise a few chuckles and the odd wry smile rather than full belly laughs. But if you’re in the mood for an undemanding, pleasantly bucolic couple of hours you could do worse. (less)

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Plot:

While visiting the Cornish coastal village of Port Isaac for a stag weekend, a London record company exec is half-seriously persuaded by his friends to try to sign a recording deal with a group of local fishermen who sing traditional seas shanties in their spare time. As he attempts to persuade them, he also becomes enamoured with one of the fishermen’s daughters, and the community as a whole.