Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd gets reconfigured into a toothless British countryside rom-com in Tamara Drewe. Based on Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel, Stephen Frears’ film pirouettes around the titular Drewe (Gemma Arterton), a former ugly duckling who returns home with a new nose, short shorts and a promiscuous libido, and promptly sets in motion a series of sticky romantic predicaments. Tamara is nominally back in town to sell her ancestral estate, but finds most of her time spent on seducing first a rock drummer (Dominic Cooper) and, later, the pompous and adulterous crime-fiction author Nicholas (Roger Allam) who runs the nearby writer’s retreat, all while shirking the obvious affections of gardener ex-boyfriend Andy (Luke Evans). Arterton’s fetching looks can’t quite compensate for her bland screen presence but Frears’ cast is otherwise reasonably spot-on, especially during an amusing late-act scene in which a distraught Nicholas responds to an autograph request by tearing a fan’s book to shreds. Despite its overt references to Hardy and his favorite themes, though, Tamara Drewe modernizes its source material in only superficial, ho-hum ways (for example, email takes the place of a letter) and reduces the landscape itself – such a vital component of Hardy’s thematic inquiries – to merely a picturesque backdrop for frivolous cutie-pie comedy.