Seducing Doctor Lewis

on June 16, 2004 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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A Quebec fishing village on its last legs tries to reel in a city doctor in order to meet the conditions set by a company that promises to build a factory in town. The fish-out-of-water premise is a tried and true one but "Seducing Doctor Lewis" fails to make much of it, succumbing instead to sentimentality and obvious humor. It also stretches the imagination to believe that the chosen Montreal surgeon, Christopher Lewis (David Boutin), would actually fall for the town's ruse, namely that it's a viable community and that its inhabitants share his predilections, including his love for cricket and not the Canadian national sport of hockey. The film's idea of comedy actually descends to one painful scene where a hundred or so residents dash from one place to another so as to fool a company representative into believing that that there are twice as many of them. Stacked up against the recent spate of quality films from Quebec, such as "The Barbarian Invasions" and "Gaz Bar Blues," "Seducing Doctor Lewis" is hardly a tonic. Starring Raymond Bouchard, David Boutin and Pierre Collin. Directed by Jean-Francois Pouliot. Written by Ken Scott. Produced by Roger Frappier and Luc Vandal. A Wellspring release. Comedy/Drama. French-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 110 min
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