Monday, November 23, 2015

Calendar Girls (2003)

Director: Nigel Cole

Writers: Juliette Towhidi, Tim Firth

Composer: Patrick Doyle

Starring: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, John Alderton, Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie, Philip Glenister, Ciaran Hinds, Celia Imrie, Geraldine James, Penelope Wilton, George Costigan, Graham Crowden, John Fortune, Jay Leno, Patten Oswalt

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They dropped everything for a good cause.

Plot: A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Cute.  Saying that kind of bugs me but it gets the feeling across in one word which means it is cute but it's also not as good as it could've been.  The English countryside scenery is gorgeous.  I want to live there soooo bad.  But the movie isn't about that.  It's about British broads past their prime gettin' their tits out to raise money to buy a couch.  It's a noble cause and I'm behind (or in front of) anyone who's up for the challenge.  The performances are good, there are some good laughs and it really is a cute, happy film.  It does feel like there's more of the b-story stuff in it than there needs to be like Chris (Mirren) and Rod's (Hinds) teenage son striking out by doing delinquent-y things like drinking, reefers, etc.  It feels a bit forced and shoehorned in to perhaps add some drama where it really wasn't necessary. There is a little bit of nudity (a plus) but it's not likely going to gain entry into your spank bank.  The extras on the Touchstone DVD include a 15 minute piece on the true story the film is based on with interviews and pictures from the original ladies.  It's quite fun.  Then there's a 6 minute piece about getting the actresses nekkid and four deleted scenes.  Oh, and adverts for other Touchstone projects.  Not a bevy of extras but at least they included something.  I most liked spending a few minutes hearing the actual women tell their stories. 

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