My best friend Michelle suggested that Kevin and I watch Saving Grace, starring Brenda Blethyn and Craig Ferguson, since I love British films and Kevin used to be a pothead in high school. (It was only a little less than a year of his high school career during which he was toking up, but I like to give him a hard time about it.)
Brenda Blethyn stars as newly-widowed Grace, who learns that her deadbeat husband has left her up to ears in debt and their house mortgaged to the hilt. Grace is faced with losing not only her home, but her precious greenhouse, where she grows her prize orchids.
Matthew is Grace’s gardener; he is also the small village’s local pot supplier. When his plants become sick, he approaches Grace for help. They combine his knowledge of marijuana with her gardening expertise in order to find a way out of both of their financial problems. Only trouble is, in a small town, there are no secrets.
Saving Grace was written and directed by Craig Ferguson, who plays the pot-growing Matthew. Combine pot humor with small-town British values, and you’ve got the makings of a great comedy. Then cast the brilliant Brenda Blethyn, and you’ve got something more. Michelle was right – we both enjoyed this film.