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Crush (2002)
Director: John McKay
Cast:
Andie MacDowell, Anna Chancellor, Imelda Staunton, Bill Paterson and Kenny Doughty.
Length:
112 minutes
Release:
7th June 2002
15 cert camera
An image from the film "Crush"
Crush
Andie MacDowell seeks to recapture the glory days of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" in her latest British comedy and, despite minor flaws and some rose-tinting, "Crush" is a funny, warm, and witty film.
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The film follows the friendship of three fortysomething women who bemoan their barren love lives during weekly drinking sessions. Kate (MacDowell) is a prim headmistress fending off the advances of a homely vicar; Molly (Chancellor) is a vampy doctor with a string of failed relationships; while Janine (Staunton) is the sweet local bobby.

When Kate meets and falls in love with a former pupil, Jed (Doughty), the spinster equilibrium is upset and Kate's friends conspire to rescue her from an unsuitable romance.

Written and directed by John McKay, "Crush" starts out as an amusing frolic through the home counties with tried and tested "Four Weddings"-style humour meted out with aplomb by the acidic Chancellor and Staunton - while MacDowell womanfully tackles sex scenes in graveyards with Bambi-eyed hunk Doughty.

But in the second half, it turns darker and more brittle as a dramatic plot twist reveals jealousy, hypocrisy, and suspicion deep within the women's friendship.

Although it's sappy in places and borders on melodramatic towards the end, "Crush" nevertheless manages to be affecting, entertaining, and wittier than most recent British comedies.

"Crush" opens in UK cinemas on Friday 7th June 2002.

Reviewed by Jane Crowther, BBC Films

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