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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

    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.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

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

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