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Published March 1st 2021
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Then Came You stars Craig Ferguson, Kathie Lee Gifford, Ford Kiernan, Liz Hurley and Phyllida Law. In cinemas 11 March 2021, it's written by Kathie Lee Gifford and directed by Adriana Trigiani.

Suddenly widowed after a 32 year marriage to Fred, Annabelle Wilson decides to leave Nantucket where she's lived the entire time, running their hardware store and going to the movies every week. She sells up everything, makes a list of their 20 favourite movies and decides to travel to all 20 countries in the movies.

Scotland is her first stop in honour of Braveheart and she brings her husband's ashes with her in a box of chocolates as Forrest Gump was his favourite movie. She is immediately stunned and seduced by the sheer power and passionate beauty of the Scottish countryside, but not so much with the crusty and weathered inn owner Lord Howard Awd at Lock Lomond where she's staying in a 400 year old castle.

Over a week, the time they end up spending together forms an unlikely friendship as they let their guard down and tell each other secrets they've never shared with others before. Friendly banter starts to look like it could lead to something a little more than friendship, but there's a complication. Howard is scheduled to be married at the end of the week.

In a nutshell, it's a pretty cheesy film with lessons on the difference between American English and the Queen's English, and a sidekick in the form of Ford Kieran who plays Howard's only friend, and helper around the Inn. Ferguson's one-liners and humour doesn't transfer well as acting in a whole movie and Ferguson was just being Ferguson. A little contrived and cliche, Gifford's performance of trying to be cute or sexy doesn't sit well on her either. Perhaps if they had developed some banter between Liz Hurley (who was barely there) and Gifford, it might have added more interest, but I'm not sure that anything could have saved this film.

However, if you're just looking for something to while the time, not looking for a particularly good film, and you like predictable romcoms with a lot of corny and sappy moments, this could well be the type of formulaic rom-com you're looking for. The best thing is how gorgeous Scotland looks in the hands of cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos.

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Why? Then Came You film review
When: 11 March 2021
Where: Australia
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