So, this movie only has one actor I've heard of before, which is Brendan Gleeson, who was Moody in Harry Potter and Victor in The Smurfs 2. All the others are actors starring in Newfoundland and St. Johns in Canada, and after all those big budget films set in big American cities, it's a bit fresh to see Canada's colourful bills being noticed.
So, this movie starts off with a feel of being based on an adult novel, with the whole thing feeling like medieval times (no pun intended) until you see a bunch of new Canadian bills, which is from a check being given after being fired. You see, the harbour, or perhaps village, in terms of population, used to be a great fisherman's village. The fish are becoming endangered in that area, however, so nobody really has jobs. A redeeming feature though, is I live in a town called Lindsay, which has a lot of people but is still just a town, and most people are happy and will say "Hi." This village in Newfoundland is exactly the same, except, like Africa, you know your neighbours so well you can let yourself into a house. People start to be bored, because they can't go out and get jobs because it's been a long time since their last annual checkup, for the majority. The solution, dreamt up by Brendan Gleeson's character, is to get a doctor from St. John's, and convince him that this is the best place to be. How do they do that? Listen in on conversations to see what he likes, and redecorate the harbour. What happens? Pretend to love cricket, and bring a fancy rare dinner into the bar. They also have the situation to wanting a factory built so they can get money for themselves and not from the government.
Now, this is one of those movies that isn't fast paced. It's slow, and only sometimes funny. Believe it or not, I found a lot of the voices of the actors hard to understand. And there are a few scenes that are supposed to be fast-paced, like one moment when the harbour has to trick the mayor into believing more people live there, but what would you expect from people who fish and now play cricket? In short terms, it's not my kind of movie, and I sort of want to give it thumbs down. But I can't, what saves this movie is the soundtrack. This movie is filled with catchy bagpipe-violin songs, lyric and schmaltz free. Country music, or perhaps it's jazz, hasn't sounded this good to me in a while. And Brendan Gleeson is charming as the main character and the small-town residents are a little cute.