Florence Foster Jenkins

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Charming period comedy may not sing to younger viewers.

PG-13 2016 110 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 10+
Short. Is it true. I'm sorry- you catch me, at the period of history when I am not obsessively saying here are story-tellers. They put spin on things. I take it off again and return you your truth. Yes, it's based on real people - who I have no idea about, and the film told me that itself. What happens? A dying lady in New York prepares for a concert during WW2. What do I think. Just don't think of it as a comedy. Or as a main feature. Night! With a bit more time... This whatever it is brings up a serious point. (Far too serious for me.) Say you worship Kindness. But you run a choir. Some of these men and women- sound like angels. Some sound like howler monkeys. (I can only say this, from "rock solid surface" of - not liking the sound of my own voice, but of some other people occasionally liking the sound of my tenor voice.) (But- a defence from arrogance is you work at it- see the problems, don't be sunning yourself on the non-problems/ if you have skills, then it's your duty to develop them. I don't. Anyway.) You're trying to make Art, you want it to be beautiful- so you edit out young Edmund/Edith. (Underlined) There's pains involved. There's another Beauty, that is- communities gelling. (and this is of course simplistic, slightly dishonest.) Limited resources, your own baggage and background- what do you , choir master, focus on? Here , and with Downton Abbey, I still feel, a trouble with Singin' in the Rain, is the treatment of Lina Lamont finally. Summer's day, but everyone squabbles tired at the close. Takes shine off. The punishment doesn't fit the crime. I'll stop. I think two things. 1) If you were at an audition, and someone downplays 'the competition' rather, then as audience you may laugh (and regret it.) If you have masses of money, and you recreate this one joke, then there's a thing- it was funny because it's in the flow of life. Economy to it. 2) Simply being about opulence... there is a climate crisis on. That's a big one- when we switch off, at the weekends... Life never does. Agh. How not to worry. Thanks again.
age 14+

Goofy but Heartwarming

This one packs more of an emotional push than you'd expect for a movie about a tone-deaf socialite who lives to sing. I found myself laughing quite a bit. There is a subplot about the husband's extramarital relationship that may be unsuitable for younger kids. Overall, a good watch and has a deep message about perseverance.

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