Take a Quirky Idea . . . And Run With It

Movies: ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’
Ewan McGregor as the fish scientist in “Salmon Fishing in The Yemen”

This could have been a sweet, quirky, romantic comedy, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.” It could have been a tart satire of government officials and bungling bureaucracy. It could have been an inspirational tale of faith vs. science. Or it could have been the story of complicated adult relationships and the difficult choices people make to find happiness and avoid hurting people they care about. It tries to be all of these, and a fish tale besides — the kind of story in which people intone, “the fish doesn’t care if I’m brown or white.

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