Picks and Pans Review: Greenfingers
Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, David Kelly, Natasha Little
There's cute and there's way too cute. Greenfingers, a slender British comedy about a group of imprisoned criminals who become great gardeners, starts off in the first category but wilts after sentimental mulch is dumped on by the truckload.
The symbolism is laid on in spades as well. Greenfingers' hero Colin Briggs (Owen, as sexy here as he was in Croupier) is a murderer who finds personal growth, and redemption, in nurturing plants. Soon he is competing in England's snootiest flower show, as well as for the hand of the wallflower daughter (Little) of Georgina Woodhouse (Mirren), an amusingly flamboyant gardening guru who wears big hats and carries sharp shears. (R)
Bottom Line: Could stand pruning
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