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Awesome: 14.29%
Worth A Look64.29%
Average: 16.67%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 4.76%

4 reviews, 18 user ratings

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Calendar Girls
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"Uncomplicated charmer"
4 stars

Director Nigel Cole (Saving Grace) juggles the tone beautifully in Calendar Girls. His film tells the true story of a group of middle-aged Yorkshire women who pose nude for a charity calendar.

Calendar Girls touches on serious matters, like grief and commercial exploitation, but is never heavy. Conversely, it’s light and warmly funny without being unbearably frothy or frivolous. The story provides ample opportunity for emotional excess but writers Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi wisely keep a tight rein on the sentiment.

Helen Mirren and Julie Walters ground proceedings with dedicated and beautifully rendered performances. They’re perfectly believable as best friends and receive fine support from the other women in the ensemble. Ashley Rowe’s photography bathes the Yorkshire village of Knapely in an inviting glow, contrasted with the harsher bright lights of Hollywood where the women’s story ends up.

Calendar Girls is a genuine feel-good charmer and deserves to reach a wide audience.

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User Comments

2/14/17 Louise Brilliant and very British - also based on a true event 4 stars
2/20/10 brian Not naughty, earth-shattering, or groundbreaking, but pleasant. 4 stars
6/20/04 iamwhatiam really stupid 1 stars
4/22/04 Littlepurch. My mum said Annette Crosbie was best but I liked it all. A gr8 british feel-good film. 5 stars
2/25/04 jada for those who enjoy british movies, gorgeous scenery 3 stars
2/14/04 hksb grt 5 stars
2/02/04 Bea Redfern Delightful! 4 stars
1/25/04 Smitty Could have been a disaster in the wrong hands but it's a delight 4 stars
1/15/04 P. Connolly Sweet, funny and enjoyable 5 stars
1/15/04 Betty White Warm, funny chick flick; Walters is outstanding. 5 stars
12/31/03 --- Woman piece of crap movie 1 stars
12/26/03 alex werth very enjoyable, 4 stars
12/20/03 AXE great 5 stars
12/01/03 Paule great film, especially Helen Miran and Julie Waterse water 5 stars
11/12/03 alien assassin delightful English comedy. 4 stars
10/29/03 Ingo Great actresses in a humorous and heartwarming movie... 4 stars
10/26/03 matthew smith a delight, plenty of laughs 4 stars
10/13/03 francis warm and amusing - never reaches great heights, but sustains interest nevertheless 4 stars
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  19-Dec-2003 (PG-13)
  DVD: 04-May-2004



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