(2019) (Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A terminally ill woman tries to put together a competitive cheerleading squad at the retirement community where she's just moved.
- Having lived in the same city apartment for the past forty-six years, Martha (DIANE KEATON) is in for a culture shock when she relocates to the Sun Springs retirement community. She's moved there to live out her last days, what with having cancer that she's decided not to treat anymore, and she's hoping for some peace and solitude and not having to join one of the one-hundred-plus clubs community director Vicki (CELIA WESTON) informs her is mandatory.
Martha initially isn't pleased to have Sheryl (JACKI WEAVER) as her next-door neighbor, what with her late-night noisiness and repeated intrusions into Martha's life. But Sheryl eventually gets Martha to let down her guard and learns that she once wanted to be a cheerleader, but gave that up when her mother became sick. With her now in that same end-of-life boat, Martha decides she's going to create her own cheerleading club and Sheryl agrees to join but only if Martha teaches Sheryl's teenage son Ben (CHARLIE TAHAN), who secretly lives with her against the rules, how to drive.
Vicki hates the cheerleading club idea and informs them they need to meet a minimum participant number, and thus Martha and Sheryl hold tryouts and end up admitting Alice (RHEA PERLMAN), Olive (PAM GRIER), Ruby (CAROL SUTTON), Evelyn (GINNY MacCOLL), Phyllis (PATRICIA FRENCH), and Helen (PHYLLIS SOMERVILLE) into their club, even if the latter's adult son is against the idea.
When a mishap at a local high school pep rally allows Vicki to force a vote to shut down the club, they can't participate in a community contest. Despite all hope seemingly now lost, Martha persuades high school cheerleader Chloe (ALISHA BOE) to be their coach and get them ready for a big cheerleading competition where they'll definitely be the oldest competitors.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It's highly unlikely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some language/sexual references.
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