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The Grand Seduction 

Predictable comedy remake charms nonetheless

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Don McKellar's comedy is a remake of 2003's Seducing Doctor Lewis, about a remote Canadian village trying to trick a visiting doctor into staying by employing various subterfuges. For this version, the action has been moved from tiny Quebecois former fishing harbor to one in Newfoundland. Crusty townie Murray (Brendan Gleeson) organizes the residents to ensure that Dr. Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) falls in love with the town; strategies range from the practical (flattering his medical skills) to the random (every night they plant a five-dollar bill for Lewis to find). It's wholly predictable, and wildly unbelievable, but bounces along mostly on Gleeson's hardworking blarney and the lovely scenery.

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