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Rated PG-13 · 102 minutes · 2012

Comedy drama, Romance
Lasse Hallstrom, director of such middlebrow touchstones as Chocolat (2000) and The Cider House Rules (1999), brings his art-house honey to this limp adaptation of a comic novel by Paul Torday. A British scientist from a government fisheries agency (Ewan McGregor) is strong-armed by his bosses into supervising a private project to introduce salmon into the waters of Yemen for the fishing pleasure of a wealthy sheikh. His partner in this dubious venture is an alluring agent for an international real estate firm (Emily Blunt), and Hallstrom points them toward a nerd-babe romance along the lines of Ball of Fire or The Lady Eve. Kristin Scott Thomas, who's been developing a sideline in comic harridan roles, gets off some good lines as a cynical British bureaucrat who thinks the sheikh's dumb human-interest story will displace the Iraq war from the headlines. But Hallstrom, the old softie, can't resist turning this into an inspirational tale, a freshwater Field of Dreams.
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Director: Lasse Hallström
Producer: Paul Webster, Jamie Laurenson, Stephen Garrett, Paula Jalfon, Zygi Kamasa and Guy Avshalom
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Mison, Rachael Stirling, Catherine Steadman, Jill Baker and Waleed Akhtar

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