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 could possibly be described as Mean Girls in a retirement dwelling, proves they nonetheless have quite a lot of firepower left.
The older viewers is a potent one for films, if solely Hollywood made films for them — movies the place possibly they will relate to characters their very own age in displaying it’s by no means too late (this movie’s authentic title) to seek out life and love. The thought for this one truly got here from producer Harrison Powell, who primarily based it on the expertise of his circle of relatives, a grandmother who discovered new love when she reluctantly went to reside for a short 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 snug dwelling to a facility for seniors. However, a kitchen accident units a part of her home on hearth and he or she 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 recreation which additionally contains 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 at last 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 route of veteran Michael Lembeck. It is simply the stuff of life as we get older, offered in an entertaining and enjoyable situation that feels quaint, the sort of film Hollywood as soon as cherished turning out; with this very good veteran cast it is vitally welcome certainly. Burstyn continues to be among the best 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 growing old. 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 assessment above with scenes from the movie.
Do you propose to see Queen Bees? Let us know what you assume.