FILM REVIEW | Then Came You

It's hard to figure our who would actually like Then Came You.

The film, while boasting gorgeous Scottish scenery and a magnificent old Scottish castle, is not an enjoyable watch.

Starring, and written by, Kathie Lee Gifford - an American TV personality and well-known figure stateside, akin to Australia's Kerri-Anne Kennerley - Then Came You is a rom-com following a recently widowed American woman and a soon-to-be-married Scot.

The film, sadly, is neither particularly funny nor especially romantic.

Gifford's Annabelle jets off to Scotland after selling her home in Nantucket, Massachusetts with a plan of visiting the European cities of all her favourite movies.

She's taking the ashes of her late husband Fred with her, stored in an empty box of chocolates - because Fred's favourite movie was Forrest Gump. Scotland is the first stop because Annabelle loves Braveheart. She chooses to stay at the Awd Inn, a castle run by Howard (Craig Ferguson, former The Late Late Show host).

Tepid: Craig Ferguson and Kathie Lee Gifford star in the thoroughly underwhelming Then Came You, rated M, in cinemas now. Picture: Umbrella Entertainment

Tepid: Craig Ferguson and Kathie Lee Gifford star in the thoroughly underwhelming Then Came You, rated M, in cinemas now. Picture: Umbrella Entertainment

Now, this being a rom-com, it's no surprise that Annabelle and Howard immediately begin to banter. What is surprising is how ridiculous the their dialogue is - surely no one would actually speak in such a way to a person they'd just met?

Then Came You continues on in a series of ridiculous and unrealistic outings and conversations between the two, with Howard routinely mocking Annabelle's late husband, and Annabelle acting like she's already part of the woodwork (she even fixes the plumbing with much sexual innuendo).

Forgotten for most of the film is the fact that Howard is actually set to wed his fiancee Clare (Elizabeth Hurley in all of two brief scenes) soon.

The end of the film features one of the most left-field turns for a rom-com that has no emotional pay-off, and just adds to the overall messiness of the story. One saving grace, apart from the location, is the dog, Wally.

Overall, Then Came You is head-scratchingly unrealistic yet also boring. The performances aren't good, the editing is abysmal and the leads are both highly annoying.

This film makes Wild Mountain Thyme look like a masterpiece.

Rating: 3/10