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"QUARTET"
(2013) (Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Minor
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) Mild
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Minor


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: Retired musicians and singers who live together in a group retirement home attempt to convince the newest resident to join them in performing for a benefit concert.
PLOT:
Jean Horton (MAGGIE SMITH) is a legendary opera singer now well past her prime. Not only is she unhappy about having grown old, but she also isn't pleased with having to leave her home so that she can move into the Beecham House for Retired Musicians. The residents there are all former musicians and singers, and Dr. Lucy Cogan (SHERIDAN SMITH) and her staff do what they can to make sure everyone is happy, healthy and kept busy.

Among them is Cedric Livingston (MICHAEL GAMBON), a bossy type who's putting together a benefit concert featuring the residents where the proceeds will go toward keeping Beecham House open. He's concerned that the show will be a bust now that one of his top singers has had to drop out due to ill health, but sees Jean as a new and exciting replacement. Unfortunately, she no longer sings, and the fact that her ex-husband, Reggie Paget (TOM COURTENAY), is a fellow resident and part of the intended show quartet doesn't help matters.

Being the one who cheated on him long ago, she asks for forgiveness, something Reggie isn't willing to dole out, much to the chagrin of his friends and fellow singers, Wilf Bond (BILLY CONNOLLY) and Cissy Robson (PAULINE COLLINS). But Reggie starts to soften up to the point that he joins the others in asking Jean to perform with them. Initially, she adamantly refuses, not wishing to tarnish her reputation with her now aged voice. She eventually comes around, however, and the newly formed quartet does their best to get ready for the show.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's not likely unless they're fans of someone in the cast or the notion of a movie about retired musicians and opera singers.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For brief strong language and suggestive humor.


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