A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Danny Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy).
He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune.
As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.
Starring: Daniel Mays (Vera Drake, Atonement, Made in Dagenham, Mrs Biggs, Line Of Duty), James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton, Noel Clarke, David Hayman, Dave Johns, Sam Swainsbury Maggie Steed, Christian Brassington
Run time: 112 mins
Fisherman’s Friends reviewed by Mark Kermode:
The Guardian ★★★
Seaswept Britcom reels in the laughs
“Embraces you like a warm sweater ... with sea shanties.”
Mark Kermode - BBC Film Critic