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Calendar Girls Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Very funny and surprisingly likable until it goes Hollywood.

  • 63

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    What the movie can't quite get over, no matter how hard the filmmakers try, is the story's built-in limitations.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's a real-life story adapted into a grown-up comedy that is warm, winning and sexy. Call it "The Full Auntie."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's the kind of sweet, good-humored comedy that used to star Margaret Rutherford, although Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, its daring top-liners, would have curled Dame Margaret's eyebrows.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    It creates a strong sense of a living, breathing community, and you root for its affectionately drawn characters as they experience the giddiness of triumph without forgetting the project's bittersweet inspiration.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    While each Yorkshire playmate-of-the-month warmly assesses her own undewy flesh, the movie gives off a happy vibe of appreciation -- for the dignity of the real Rylstone lot, the actresses who play them so lovingly, and the simple, flower-bed borders of the story.

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OK for kids 14+

Charming, feel-good flick. Most teens won't care.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the women pose nude, but in most cases their breasts are obscured by some sort of strategically-placed prop. There are several sex-related jokes and discussions. A teenage boy, who is embarrassed by his mother's antics, rebels by drinking and smoking what he thinks is pot.

  • Families can talk about how the movie makes a distinction between nakedness and nudity, and the women argue that what they're doing is art, not pornography. Do you agree? What do the women learn from their experience? The women adopt the phrase "the last stage of flowers is the most glorious" as their mantra -- does our society reflect this sentiment in our treatment of older people? Finally, how does the group's sudden fame affect their friendships and family relationships?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The movie promotes the idea that there is more than one standard of beauty. Some innuendo and sexual humor.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Some tense moments. A woman's husband dies of cancer.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Glimpses of breasts and indirect nudity; a mother finds her son's pornographic magazine. Sexual references, including infidelity, a teen-age boy obsessed with breasts and a discussion about the amount of sex a couple has.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional mild profanity.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Embedded ads for Ramada and Virgin Airlines.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking; teen boys drink and smoke what they think is pot.