MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay. Written by Sir Ronald Harwood. Directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The story concerns a foursome residing in Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Each year they stage a concert to celebrate Verdiís birthday, which also raises funds for the home. Reggieís (Courtenay) ex-wife Jean (Smith) arrives at the home and creates tension, then refusing to sing in the concert. Until...

PREVIEW REVIEW: Old opera people living in a home may have a limited appeal to younger audiences, but oh what they would miss if they donít see this film. First, it has a wonderful score (some opera Ė but very good opera) as well as a look at how people deal with growing old. Again, I know that sounds like a bummer to those who think old age is far, far away. But, it isnít. Our time here is fleeting, a wisp of wind gone too soon. You can kind of look at this as a guidance piece, one that shows US how to grow old gracefully. Though there is some PG-13 content, the film deals with forgiveness and compassion, plus we are given delightful performances from a seasoned cast.

Caution: One character often makes crude sexual remarks. This bawdy character laces his crudity with wit. And I caught two uses of the f-word.

PG-13 (bawdy sexual comments mainly from one character; a few obscenities, including two uses of the f-word).

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
The Weinstein Company

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Crude Language: Some

Obscene Language: Two uses of the f-word.

Profanity: None

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Some

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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