Florence Foster Jenkins Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Florence Foster Jenkins

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Meryl is an angel.

  • Starring:

    Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, John Kavanagh, Nina Arianda, David Haig, Mark Arnold

  • Directed by:

    Stephen Frears

  • Running time:

    110 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Men scuffle in a bar. A woman falls and hits her head. A man is threatened/poked in the chest. Wartime references (son missing-in-action mentioned, soldiers in uniform seen, Hitler mentioned). A man says he was jumped by a bunch of sailors. A theatrical production shows bloodied corpses. Bribery. Scream. Blood/gore: Medical examination of chest, throat area. Scar. Siezures, lost my legs/half my face [in war] mentioned.


    Couple seen in bed together (full nudity assumed). Skimpy clothing, bare back (female), cleavage, men in underwear, woman in lingerie. Kissing. Infidelity. Syphilis, sexual abstinence mentioned.


    Drugs (medicines seen on bedside table). Alcohol (champagne, spirits, cocktails). Smoking. Intoxication. Mercury, arsenic mentioned.


    A-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.


    Florence Foster Jenkins, music, opera, singing, high society, New York, infamy, tone deafness, theatre, loyalty, infidelity, nerves, marriage, wigs, devotion, critics, reviews, Verdi Club, self-deception, eccentricity.


    Relationship breakup. Deceased husband mentioned. Dog. Fur, feathers worn. Toilet, vomit. Bright camera flashes.


    Fine, funny, gentle, moving, appealing, fizzy, crowd-pleasing, good-humoured, polished, modest, enjoyable, sentimental, light, jubilant, silly, celebratory. Imperious/robust/tremendous performance by Meryl Streep, committed/charming/career-best/touching/uncynical performance by Hugh Grant, nuanced/likeable/vulnerable performance by Simon Helberg, elaborate/faithful costumes.


    Unconvincing, workmanlike, clichéd, passionless. Flat script, clunky exposition, perfunctory direction, padded second half.

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