Saving Grace--A Widow Grows Pot to Keep Her Centuries-Old Home
A manor on the Cornish coast, a mountain of debt, and a hydroponics "grow-op" turn up the dial on this funny Marijuana comedy.
Saving Grace is a delight of a film starring Brenda Blethyn and Craig Ferguson. I saw this a couple of years ago and went on a quest to track down the movie. I found it and it was every bit as good as I remembered with its quirky cast of characters and a plot with wacky twists, all set on the Coast of Cornwall.
As you get to know the different characters, you get into life in the village and how everyone sticks together in good times and bad and how they rally around Grace in her time of trial.
In a small village, there are very few secrets but it is how people handle this information that makes this movie a winner.
A Cheating Husband Jumps From Plane
The movie starts off with a newly widowed and distraught Grace. Her husband ended it all by jumping out of a plane. And more surprises are in store. Grace discovers a strange woman at the funeral and viewers immediately cotton on that things are not what they seem.
And indeed they are not. Grace learns that her departed husband had racked up considerable debts and had escaped paying the piper by his "free-fall." On top of that, she learns that she may lose her comfortable way of life, namely her 300-year old Liac House. She is a conservative, middle-aged woman saddled with debts and no marketable skills. Things look bleak.
Unbeknownst to Grace, certain members of her village, Port Liac, are fans of the "green" way of relaxing. This includes the town doctor, Dr. Bamford, and Grace's handyman and novice gardener, Mathew, who grows a little on the side. He enlists Grace's help to save his dying plants. Grace is an avid gardener and this is her forte.
Grace and Mathew soon team up to grow enough of a crop to save Grace's home from being repossessed by creditors.
- If you grew up in Glasgow in the 1970s you'd avoid confrontation too
- I'm glad to see she's keeping up the village tradition of total contempt for the law.
- I'm the young hip one. You're the hip replacement.
- I come from a long line of scum. My dear husband was one of the scummiest men to walk the face of this earth.
This plan is timely because Grace has been dodging calls by persistent creditors and she is threatened with her house put up for auction. She must act and quickly. She and Mathew decide to take cuttings and instead of tending a few plants, grow a much larger crop (hydroponically to speed up the process), so that Grace can come up with a large sum of money quickly. The village turns a blind eye to the going's on up at Liac House.
Grace meets the mysterious woman who was at her husband's funeral, Honey Chambers, who, as viewers suspect, was his mistress. The two women form an odd friendship. In fact, when Grace prepares to meet with drug dealers in London to sell her crop, she turns to Honey for assistance. The fashionable Honey gives Grace pointers on her dowdy appearance and Grace is transformed into a stylish-looking woman who catches the drug dealer's eye. He becomes interested in more than Grace's premium crop.
Grace breaks out of her comfortable shell and starts really living life. She develops and grows almost as fast the pot plants.
This movie just gets better and better as it goes along.
- Grace's friends turn up at Liac House while she is away and brew tea using some leaves from her and Mathew's pot crop and get stoned in the process.
- The mellow hippie is taken captive by the drug dealer's ill-tempered thug and the contrast between the two is hilarious. The thug, of course, has no "sense of the ha, ha," which just makes things even funnier.
- The ladies who have the munchies, which makes it impossible for a customer to get any answers out of them.
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Saving Grace Cast Members
- Grace Trevethan (Brenda Blethyn)
- Mathew (Craig Furguson)
- Nicky (Valerie Edmond)
- Dr. Bamford (Martin Clunes)
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Cornish Coast & Lovable Characters
Saving Grace is set on the rugged Cornish coast and one can't help falling in love with the countryside and the believable and quirky characters.
If you like funny, "feel-good" movies, this one's a keeper.
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