If you’ve a soft spot for romantic comedies you’ll fall hook, line and sinker for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a smartly written, hugely entertaining rom-com starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. McGregor plays stuffy fisheries expert Dr Fred Jones, a tweedy scientist who reacts with scorn when Blunt’s delectable PR consultant, Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, tries to enlist his help for the eccentric project that gives the film its title – introducing salmon to the waters of the Yemen, the dream of the fly-fishing-mad sheikh who is Harriet’s boss. With support for the scheme being whipped up by the British PM’s cynical press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas at her imperious best), the sceptical Fred is gradually won over and slowly finds himself falling for Harriet too. Boasting a witty script adapted from Paul Torday’s best-selling novel by Full Monty writer Simon Beaufoy, gorgeous photography and appealing performances, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a real treat.
Released on DVD & Blu-ray by Lionsgate on Monday 3rd September.
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