Quirky British comedy about very proper, middle-aged Grace
(Brenda Blethyn), who discovers that her recently departed husband squandered all their
money and left her with a huge mortgage. So she uses her greenhouse and green thumb to
grow Marijuana plants (see Note below for a detailed
explanation). With Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes, Tcheky Karyo, Jamie Foreman, Bill
Bailey, Valerie Edmond, Tristan Sturrock, Clive Merrison, Leslie Phillips, Diana Quick,
Phyllida Law, Linda Kerr Scott, Denise Coffey, Paul Brooke. [1:34]
SEX/NUDITY 4 - In a brief scene an obviously stoned policeman is running
around naked. We very briefly glimpse part of his genitals (the scene does not have sexual
content). There are several discussions about sex and brief references to sexual
practices, including brief references to pregnancy and homosexual sex/rape in prison. In
the context of a joke a man talks about beetles having sex with humans. A man unzips his
pants and it is implied that a couple will have sex (nothing is shown). Some cleavage.
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Mostly presented in a light-hearted manner: In three
different scenes, a man threatens three different men by holding a switchblade to their
throats. Several old women attack and hit a man repeatedly with their purses. A man
jokingly slaps another man, and a woman angrily slaps a man. A man shoves a cameraman away
(we see it from the camera's perspective). On TV we see a scene from an old Christopher
Lee Dracula movie. We see several people smoking Marijuana (see Note).
PROFANITY 7 - About 16 F-words, a few scatological terms, a few religious
exclamations, and a few insults and mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Illegal drugs (especially Marijuana or hemp), the war on
drugs and the legalization of Marijuana, pregnancy and unwed mothers, family secrets,
infidelity, English village life.
MESSAGE - Growing and using Marijuana may be illegal, but it's not immoral.
Friends should stick with friends during difficult or dangerous times.
(Note: The film deals with the
growing and selling of Marijuana as a consumer commodity. While it is often mentioned that
this activity is illegal and participants go to prison, many otherwise law-abiding
citizens and the local constable turn a blind eye. We also see several people consume
Marijuana: as a cigarette, sipped as tea, and in one scene many people inadvertently get
high after they inhale smoke from burning Marijuana plants. Invariably, people who are
high are shown to be uncontrollably joyful and gentle -- although one woman apparently