(2019) (Renée Zellweger, Darci Shaw) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A once famous but now washed-up Hollywood star takes a singing gig in London in hopes of making enough money to pay off her debts and enable her to have her kids live with her again.
- It's 1969 and Judy Garland (RENEE ZELLWEGER) is now a washed-up star, especially compared to her earlier years (played by DARCI SHAW) despite her then essentially be an indentured and constantly manipulated performer-servant working for studio head Louis B. Mayer (RICHARD CORDERY). Emotionally scarred by that, her addictions, depression and failed marriages, she has the reputation of being so unreliable and unstable that she's now broke and no longer has a house to raise her two young kids, Lorna (BELLA RAMSEY) and Joey (LEWIN LLOYD).
Accordingly, and after reluctantly leaving them with her ex-husband, Sidney Luft (RUFUS SEWELL), she takes a job working for London theater impresario Bernard Delfont (MICHAEL GAMBON) who books Judy for a several-week stint at his Talk of the Town nightclub. With Rosalyn Wilder (JESSIE BUCKLEY) assigned as her assistant for those performances, Judy manages to wow the audience, but repeatedly validates her reputation about being unreliable, sometimes showing up onstage intoxicated and belligerent toward the audience.
Things get better when a man she previously met at a party, bar manager Mickey Deans (FINN WITTROCK), shows up and sweeps her off her feet, soon becoming her boyfriend and then, quite quickly, her husband. But the demons she's fought all her life keep returning to undermine her fledgling success and happiness.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It's not that likely unless they're fans of someone in the cast or are interested in the life and times of Judy Garland.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For substance abuse, thematic content, some strong language, and smoking.
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