DVD: Tamara Drewe (15)

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When the beautiful Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) returns to the Dorset village she grew up in to sell her late mother's house, she becomes the subject of local gossip, some drawn lustily to the hotpants-wearing journalist, others jealous of her youth and apparent confidence.

The characters featured in this slice of middle-class life are hit and miss. Schoolgirls Jody and Casey hilariously capture the boredom of village life, while Dominic Cooper's portrayal of Tamara's rock-star boyfriend, Ben, descends into caricature. It's an entertaining yarn but at times feels more like a Sunday evening ITV comedy-drama than a serious addition to the British film canon.