(2016) (Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A 1940s era tone-deaf patron of the arts tries her hand at singing in public, enabled by her devoted husband, much to the shock and ridicule of most everyone else who hears her perform.
- It's the 1940s and Florence Foster Jenkins (MERYL STREEP) is a wealthy if somewhat flighty and oblivious patron of the arts in New York City. She has a devoted husband in St. Clair Bayfield (HUGH GRANT), but doesn't seem to fully realize he has a girlfriend, Kathleen Weatherley (REBECCA FERGUSON), elsewhere in the city where he spends the night after tucking Florence into bed in her mansion. Despite that infidelity, St. Clair will do anything for his wife and that includes supporting her desire to sing in public despite being completely tone deaf and thus a truly awful singer. He's hired acclaimed composer Carlo Edwards (DAVID HAIG) to serve as her singing coach, but her newly hired pianist, the young and talented Cosme McMoon (SIMON HELBERG), is shocked to hear how bad she is.
St. Clair's goal is to limit the audience who might see and hear Florence perform to forgiving friends and fellow older socialites, and thus bristles when a rich man's brash new and much younger wife, Agnes Stark (NINA ARIANDA), laughs hysterically upon hearing Florence sing. Quickly removing her from the scene, St. Clair continues with his plan, all as Cosme continues as her befuddled pianist. But when Florence manages to get her newest recording played on the radio and it becomes an unlikely hit among U.S. servicemen -- although not for the right reason -- St. Clair must do what he can to protect his eager to perform wife from professional and amateur critics.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Some older teens might have some interest if they're fans of anyone in the cast, but that's probably it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For brief suggestive material.
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