Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

A mild mannered British comedy/drama (from the writer of 24 Hour Party People) about an English community that is not amused when a family of immigrants is allotted a plot of land on which to grow their own vegetables. These allotments are peculiar to Britain, and consist of a tiny patch of land with a shed and room for growing some vegetables.

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

If you’re expecting a wry and witty social commentary, prepare to be disappointed. Despite clear intentions, British gardening comedy Grow Your Own comes undone when too many narrative vines fail to blossom.

2.0

Sweet and predictable

A gentle, feel-good film that will give you the warm fuzzies. I really enjoyed it. And the story behind the movie is definitely worth reading: www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2007/may/10/cultivatinggrowyourown

3.0

Mildly funny, but there is something to learn

An interesting insight into the world of an aspect of life of some in the UK. How even the old reactionaries can find the benefit from the immigration and immigrants. Could have had more laughs, in fact the people I went with were funnier!

2.0

An interesting introduction to the british gardening scene

More Drama than comedy I would have liked more laughs

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Well-intentioned, and well-cast, this British movie is nonetheless desperately underpowered.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Grow Your Own is a gentle film about diversity and integration but only really scratches the surface of this social tension. It's an amusing mix of characters but they fit too easily into recognisable cliches. While there are some heartfelt and very funny moments, the narrative is simple and the story feels undeveloped and predictable.

2.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The film slowly wins you over with its gentle humour, modest direction, classy script and convincing performances. The obscure world of allotments in northern England may not appeal to a wide New Zealand audience, but the universal humanity of the film should.

BBC

BBC

press

Frank Cottrell Boyce's script isn't short of a few witty one-liners, but they fail to compensate for an under-developed plot that seems to rest on its laurels. The main problem arises when the film attempts to address social issues. Boyce's idea of social tension boils down to a simple disagreement over the colour of the sheds, rather than tackling the root of the problem within small communities. Hence, while it works as an antidote to the gritty realism of recent British films, Grow Your Own's twee optimism is sometimes a little too much to digest.

2.0
Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

If you’re expecting a wry and witty social commentary, prepare to be disappointed. Despite clear intentions, British gardening comedy Grow Your Own comes undone when too many narrative vines fail to blossom.

2.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Well-intentioned, and well-cast, this British movie is nonetheless desperately underpowered.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Grow Your Own is a gentle film about diversity and integration but only really scratches the surface of this social tension. It's an amusing mix of characters but they fit too easily into recognisable cliches. While there are some heartfelt and very funny moments, the narrative is simple and the story feels undeveloped and predictable.

2.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The film slowly wins you over with its gentle humour, modest direction, classy script and convincing performances. The obscure world of allotments in northern England may not appeal to a wide New Zealand audience, but the universal humanity of the film should.

BBC

BBC

press

Frank Cottrell Boyce's script isn't short of a few witty one-liners, but they fail to compensate for an under-developed plot that seems to rest on its laurels. The main problem arises when the film attempts to address social issues. Boyce's idea of social tension boils down to a simple disagreement over the colour of the sheds, rather than tackling the root of the problem within small communities. Hence, while it works as an antidote to the gritty realism of recent British films, Grow Your Own's twee optimism is sometimes a little too much to digest.

2.0

Sweet and predictable

A gentle, feel-good film that will give you the warm fuzzies. I really enjoyed it. And the story behind the movie is definitely worth reading: www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2007/may/10/cultivatinggrowyourown

3.0

Mildly funny, but there is something to learn

An interesting insight into the world of an aspect of life of some in the UK. How even the old reactionaries can find the benefit from the immigration and immigrants. Could have had more laughs, in fact the people I went with were funnier!

2.0

An interesting introduction to the british gardening scene

More Drama than comedy I would have liked more laughs

3.0