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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Movie Review

Updated on August 31, 2012
Amr Waked and Ewan McGregor
Amr Waked and Ewan McGregor | Source
Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor
Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor | Source
Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas | Source

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a delightful little romantic comedy and political satire with a bit of Middle East intrigue mixed in. Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt are the romantic leads, a PhD icthyologist employed by the UK government and a public relations assistant to a rich, romantic Yemeni sheik who learned to fish in England and wants to start a salmon fishery in the Yemen river.

To counteract some bad news from Afghanistan, Kristin Scott Thomas, a feisty public information assistant to the Prime Minister, hears about the sheik's salmon idea and decides that an announcement that the UK prime minister is supporting the project and cooperating with the Yemeni sheik might help offset criticism of the war in Afghanistan. Emily Blunt overcomes McGregor's skepticism of the idea, and the project gets off the ground with a 50 million pound fund from the sheik. McGregor isn't getting along with his shrewish wife who has left London for a 6-month assignment in Geneva, and Blunt's boyfriend, has been sent on a secret commando mission in Afghanistan. So, McGregor, Blunt and the Sheik head for Yemen to work on the project. Of course the Blunt and McGregor characters fall in love as they work on the salmon implantation project. Emily Blunt is her usual non-Hollywood beautiful self, and Ewan McGregor is quite good as a scientist possibly slightly afflicted by Asperger's syndrome. Without giving away the ending, suffice it to say that everything works out pretty well by the end of the movie.

The movie was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and it was based on the book by Paul Tordray.

The movie is rated PG13.


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    • Ralph Deeds profile image

      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      John, thanks for your comment. I'm a fisherman, too, or I used to be.

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I enjoyed the film, because, fishing is one of my favorite sports. Emily Blunt was really good I thought.

      Great review of the film.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I would rate it 3 stars. Not Academy Award quality, but an enjoyable little romantic comedy. Kristin Scott Thomas and Emily Blunt were worth the price of admission. And I thought Ewan McGregor did quite a good job as the clueless fish scientist (icthyologist?) with possible Asbergers.

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ralph. Thanks for the revue. Our Sunday paper (yesterday) gave this movie only one out of five stars. Said Ewan McGregor was to young for the part. Nice to get other comments.


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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment. It's not an Academy Award movie, but my wife and I enjoyed it.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      You talked me into it. Great review. I enjoy this kind of stuff.