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Arthur's Whisky

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Feel-good British comedy about growing old has drinking.

Movie NR 2024 95 minutes
Lulu, Diane Keaton, and Patricia Hodge embrace, smiling, on the poster for Arthur's Whisky.

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There's plenty of chemistry between the three likable leads -- Hodge, Keaton, and Lulu -- and that's enough to give what could otherwise be a predictable story that extra kick. Watching Arthur's Whisky, there's a sense of warmth, friendship, and fun that feels authentic and makes you wonder whether these actors bonded in the same way on set. Their younger counterparts have a similar energy, doing a great job of stepping into pretty established shoes -- particularly Genevieve Gaunt, who plays the younger Keaton, and has her gestures and mannerisms down to a tee (no doubt having mined her back catalog for inspiration). Elsewhere Adil Ray (Citizen Khan) makes an impact as the charming love interest, and the likes of Boy George, Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap), and Lawrence Chaney (RuPaul's Drag Race UK) pop up too. There are definitely generic depictions of women aging -- talking about wrinkles, sagging breasts, difficulty getting up out of chairs, etc. -- that might cause a few eyes to roll, but there's enough else happening to let it slide and concentrate on what is a warm, funny tale of friendship, regardless of age.

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