The Grand Seduction is about a small fishing village of Tickle Cove, Newfoundland who must obtain a local doctor (Taylor Kitsch) that will help them get a much needed business contract. In hopes of luring the doctor, the entire town deceives him into thinking not only should this be his new home, but it has everything he loves.

For some, it is sometimes hard to come across a major Canadian film that is Canadian in setting and in spirit but does not beat the audience over the head with its patriotism. The Grand Seduction does a wonderful job of being Canadian, being set in Canada, but is more than both of those things.

The cast of The Grand Seduction is the heart and charm of the film. Taylor Kitsch, taking a break from sinking battleships and battling aliens on Mars, does what he does best, he performs with a great script. For fans of Friday Night Lights, this is a return to form. Actually, this might be his best work. He’s funny, charming and engaging for the first time in long time. With that said, the real star of this movie is the legend, Brendan Gleeson. Gleeson is so effortless in his role and incredibly believable. It’s relatable, as his performance gives us a sense of familiarity, as we all know a Murray French. The rest of the cast, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, Mark Critch, are wonderful.

The film is based on the 2003 short film and Sundance Audience Award winner, “La grande seduction” from Jean-Francois Pouliot. Sometimes feature-length films based on shorts disappoint, as the plot is usually overstuffed and loaded with filler. The Grand Seduction does a fine job of making a case as to why it was expanded into a feature film and is genuinely entertaining for the majority of it’s runtime. Technically, the film is efficient. It features some solid cinematography and could have used some editing near the end, but it’s mostly enjoyable.

The Grand Seduction is a sweet, charming movie that may be too light to be truly memorable, but is entertaining and a nice love-letter to Canada.

Is The Grand Seduction opening weekend worthy?

If you’re tired of the summer blockbusters, sure, but not something one needs to run out to see.