Calendar Girls

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring: Julie Walters, Helen Mirren
Directed By: Nigel Cole
Rated: Rated PG-13 for nudity, some language and drug-related material

Final Grade:

There comes a time in everyone’s life where they want to do something spontaneous. For my grandmother it was shortly after my Grandfather died. For the short time she lived after my grandfather’s passing, I watched my Grandmother transform from the grandmother I knew into an elderly woman who once again felt like she could re-experience life again. She joined various clubs in the community, and went places and did things she never would have done before. None of these events were earth shattering, and it wasn’t as though Grandma would call us up late at night and say, “I’m going sky diving!” But for her she was once again enjoying her self.

Calendar Girls tells the story of a group of aging women who return to their spontaneous side that they left behind years ago as well. As the husband of one of the women is dying of Leukemia, the women decide to try and find a way to donate to Leukemia research. Wild ideas begin formulating as the women plan out their fundraising calendar drive, until one of the women suggests that they pose for the calendar… naked.

Now I am not going to tell you much more beyond that, if you want to know the rest, you need to go to the theaters and see if for yourself. If you are the thirteen-year-old boy who is now itching to see it because I said something about Nudity, don’t. Unless of course you enjoy seeing your grandma naked, which you shouldn’t at your age. And even if you do its rated PG-13 so you aren’t going to see anything anyway.

The story is nicely constructed, filled with a good solid story; some good laughs and can easily be summed up as a good time. However, this film isn’t going to be for everyone. I must say, I did not enjoy it nearly as much as a lot of the other people in the audience, but I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I was in the audience with groups of 40 year old plus women and their husbands. I admit, I am not the target audience. But if you are not I and you do fit in the category of the rest of the audience watching the film with me, then you are the target audience. Get off your butt, and go see this film. It’s fun, and is a good time. Just don’t get any spontaneous ideas from this film…please.

In the end, this film has a good message behind it, and has a lot of fun getting there. Calendar Girls is a lighthearted film that is worthy to be enjoyed by audiences if it is only given the chance. Even if you are not the target audience, you can still find some fun in it. For me it once again reminded me of my Grandmother, her spontaneous ideas, and her good-natured personality. I only wish I could have shared this movie experience with her.

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