Recent months have seen a spate of Full Monty style triumph over adversity friendship movies. POMS follows a similar path, albeit this time with senior cheer leaders. When I first read the story-line and heard Diane Keaton was involved I wasn’t so keen, but then I heard that Jacki Weaver was on board so I decided to take a look. I’m so pleased I did.
POMS, is the tale of Martha (Diane Keaton) who is living out any seniors worst nightmare of moving into a retirement village. All her fears are realised within the first few hours of moving in, as she meets the greeting party headed by self-appointed village leader Vicki (Celia Weston). Whilst pointing out the rules, Vicki explains the range of clubs on offer and in an off the cuff comment says “of course you could start your own club.”
It’s not long before her neighbour Sheryl (Jacki Weaver) pops by and it becomes evident that there’s more going on in the village than meets the eye. This feeling is added to when another resident Alice (Rhea Perlman) becomes widowed at a rather convenient moment. Meanwhile Helen (Phyllis Somerville) is being controlled by her son and daughter-in-law. Only Olive (Pam Grier) seems to happy, with her loving husband on hand.
Soon the idea is hatched to form their own club, a Cheer Leading Club, but naturally Vicki is none too pleased. And so beings the cat and mouse game.
POMS is a feel good, sweet movie. The story-line won’t come as a surprise, however there’s enough humour along the way, particularly by Weaver, to keep you involved. The ending takes you to a high only to slap you in the face.
These days some movie previews include security guards and this time I had a guard standing in the aisle right near me. It was interesting to hear him, yes him, giggling along in parts. Furthermore he lent down and asked if I’d enjoyed the movie. That was a first. Clearly it’s not just a “woman’s movie”. Maybe the hilarious security guard in the movie had something to do with his reaction.
It was definitely better than I thought. Anybody nearing retirement age will enjoy this, and any seniors having trouble controlling their adult children would also be wise to take them along. It just might throw some light on their actions.
The online tie-line hoping for a gangnam style explosion was a bit try hard.
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