Review: ‘School For Seduction’

A bunch of Geordie femmes take lessons in spicing up their dull sex lives in "School for Seduction," a mildly entertaining regional comedy shot and played in Brit-realist TV style. Toplined by model-cum-presenter Kelly Brook, film was released wide in the North and on one London screen Dec. 3, but failed to seduce paying customers.

A bunch of Geordie femmes take lessons in spicing up their dull sex lives in “School for Seduction,” a mildly entertaining regional comedy shot and played in Brit-realist TV style. Toplined by model-cum-presenter Kelly Brook, but given most of its flavor by a strong lineup of more experienced thesps, film was released wide in the North (more than 40 prints) and on one London screen Dec. 3, but failed to seduce paying customers.

Ooh-la-la looker Sophia Rosselini (Brook, bland) arrives in Newcastle and sets up her Italia School for Seduction, attracting workaholic hotel manager Claire (Dervla Kirwan), struggling single mom Kelly (Emily Woof), her motormouth sister Donna (Jessica Johnson), fish-‘n’-chips shop owner Irene (Margi Clarke) and drag artist Toni (Ben Porter) to her class. But Sophia hides a secret that leads to the lasses demonstrating some female solidarity against northern male boorishness. Pic by newbie director Sue Heel trades for most of its laughs on old-style English sex-comedy humor and Anglo-Saxon vs. Continental attitudes, but is dully lensed by vet Tony Imi. Still, Woof, Johnson and Kirwan make a lively trio, and the sense of Geordie community is strong throughout.

School For Seduction

U.K.

Production

A Redbus Film Distribution release of an Ipso Facto Films presentation of an Ipso Facto Films, UKFS 5 production, in association with AV Pictures, Redbus Pictures, School for Seduction, Telepool, Tower 8. (International sales: AV Pictures, London.) Produced by Steve Bowden, Christine Alderson, Angad Paul. Directed by Sue Heel. Screenplay, Heel, Martin Herron.

Crew

Camera (color), Tony Imi; editors, David Martin, Sean Barton; music, Daymon Britton; production designers, Suzanne Field, Ash Wilkinson; costume designer, Sally Plum. Reviewed at Odeon Mezzanine 2, London, Dec. 8, 2004. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Kelly Brook, Emily Woof, Dervla Kirwan, Margi Clarke, Jessica Johnson, Neil Stuke, Tim Healy, Ben Porter, Daymon Britton, Nick Whitfield, Jake Canuso, Sharon Percy.

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