Ellen Burstyn & Ann-Margret Lead Veteran Ensemble – Deadline

The mixed age of the important thing cast of the brand new comedy Queen Bees is so astronomical I can’t rely that top. Ellen Burstyn is 88, James Caan is 81, Ann-Margret is 80(!), Loretta Devine is 71, Jane Curtin is 73 and Christopher Lloyd is 82. All of those actors have had stellar, awards-laden careers, and this new movie, which might be described as Mean Girls in a retirement dwelling, proves they nonetheless have plenty of firepower left.


The older viewers is a potent one for motion pictures, if solely Hollywood made motion pictures for them — movies the place possibly they will relate to characters their very own age in exhibiting it’s by no means too late (this movie’s unique title) to seek out life and love. The thought for this one truly got here from producer Harrison Powell, who based mostly it on the expertise of his family, a grandmother who discovered new love when she reluctantly went to dwell for a quick time in a retirement dwelling. That is the plotline right here as impartial Helen (Burstyn) refuses her daughter Laura’s (Elizabeth Mitchell) recommendation in transferring from her comfy dwelling to a facility for seniors. However, a kitchen accident units a part of her home on fireplace and she or he is satisfied to maneuver to the retirement neighborhood for just one month whereas repairs happen.

When she will get there she finds that regardless of the superior age of the residents it’s actually no totally different than highschool, dominated by totally different cliques together with a bridge membership that doesn’t consider in inclusivity. That group is run by Queen Bee Janet (Curtin), who rejects the thought of Helen becoming a member of their sport which additionally consists of Queen Bees Margot (Ann-Margret) and Sally (Loretta Devine). But when Sally’s associate turns into incapacitated she rallies assist for Helen to affix. It is friction between Helen and Janet from that second on.

In addition to the issues of becoming into this universe, Helen is wooed by likable beginner Dan (Caan), who courts her and eventually wins her over (although there are problems). The different main male resident spotlighted right here is Arthur (Lloyd), a frisky senior who’s slowly slipping into dementia, making for a poignant few scenes involving him.

There isn’t any try at broad comedy or outlandish conditions within the script by Donald Martin, or the knowledgeable course of veteran Michael Lembeck. It is simply the stuff of life as we get older, offered in an entertaining and enjoyable state of affairs that feels quaint, the form of film Hollywood as soon as cherished turning out; with this excellent veteran cast it is rather welcome certainly. Burstyn remains to be among the finest on the market, and Ann-Margret has clearly stopped the clock. Devine is a delight right here as Sally, a spirited resident who has her personal battles with getting older. Curtin is completely cast, as are Caan and Lloyd. French Stewart turns up because the supervisor of the place, and there’s good work from Matthew Barnes as Peter, Helen’s candy and anxious grandson. Queen Bees is properly value seeing, it doesn’t matter what your age.

Producers are Fred Bernstein, Powell and Dominique Telson. Gravitas Ventures opens it in theaters Friday. Check out my video evaluation above with scenes from the movie.

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