Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls

Nigel Cole (2003)

103min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Comparisons were made between this true story of the world-famous Women's Institute nude calendar and The Full Monty. Though both revolve around a group of ordinary folk reluctantly taking their clothes off (and both made money in America), Nigel Cole's film is actually less broad in its comedy and much gentler in tone. It is the very genteel nature of the North Yorkshire WI milieu that provides the film with its "high concept" (middle-aged women strip for charity). While the pivotal shooting of the calendar itself provides comic gold (during which the spare-part husbands gather in the pub like expectant fathers - a lovely touch), there is a moving, fallible humanity to the performances that keeps the whole thing the right side of farce. Julie Walters, Helen Mirren and Linda Bassett shine in a spotless cast of "ladies of a certain age" and, though a climactic trip to America creates an unnecessarily showy finale, this is prime British fare - not to mention a rare celebration of flesh untouched by cosmetic surgery.

Summary

When her husband dies of leukaemia, a Women's Institute member is inspired to raise funds for the local hospital. Casting inhibitions and clothes aside, the widow and her daring friend encourage their fellow members to pose nude for a charity calendar, causing a stir in their Yorkshire village and beyond. Nigel Cole's fact-based comedy drama, starring Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Annette Crosbie, Celia Imrie and Penelope Wilton. Edited for language and sexual content.

Cast & Crew

Chris Helen Mirren
Annie Julie Walters
Jessie Annette Crosbie
Celia Celia Imrie
Ruth Penelope Wilton
Cora Linda Bassett
Kathy Georgie Glen
May Angela Curran
Trudy Rosalind March
John Clarke John Alderton
Lawrence Sertain Philip Glenister
Rod Harper Ciaran Hinds
Richard Geraldine Crowden
Director Nigel Cole
Producer Nick Barton
Producer Suzanne Mackie
Writer Tim Firth
Writer Juliette Towhidi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Some nudity.Available on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy