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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Florence Foster Jenkins, an heiress form NYC always wanted to be a concert pianist and play Carnegie Hall. An injury in her youth deterred that dream. So she sets out to sing her way to Carnegie Hall knowing the only way to get there would be "Practice Practice Practice". Her husband supports her venture and the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins playing Carnegie Hall becomes a truly historic event. Written by stephen scialli

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The inspiring true story of the world's worst singer.


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Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material. | See all certifications »

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12 August 2016 (USA)  »

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$29,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,601,313 (USA) (12 August 2016)

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$27,370,107 (USA) (21 October 2016)
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Trivia

Meryl Streep and Simon Helberg recorded all of their songs together at Abbey Road prior to filming. Once filming began, Director Stephen Frears asked them to perform all of the music live, on set. See more »

Goofs

The sailors in the audience at Carnegie Hall would never have worn their hats during the performance. Men removed their hats indoors. See more »

Quotes

Florence Foster Jenkins: People may say I couldn't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.
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Connections

Referenced in This Is Us: The Game Plan (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Like A Bird
Written by Cosmé McMoon
Performed by Meryl Streep & Simon Helberg
Arranged by Terry Davies
By Kind Permission of the McMunn Estate
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Captivating biopic about "the worst singer of all time"
6 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Florence Foster Jenkins, to put it mildly, was a notoriously inept singer, often screeching her way through songs (a prime example being Queen of the Night's "Der Halle Rache") with no ear for intonation, tone, meaning of song/text or rhythm.

It must not have been easy making Foster Jenkins somebody interesting or relatable, but 'Florence Foster Jenkins' manages to do so brilliantly. 'Florence Foster Jenkins' also does a much better job than most biopics to sticking close to the facts, having regard for historical accuracy, not leaving things rose-tinted and not having characters that are basically come and go vignettes.

Admittedly, some characters are more developed and interesting than others and some have little screen time. However, this didn't come over as a huge problem in 'Florence Foster Jenkins' because everything else was so successful. The 40s period detail is evocative, sumptuous and extremely beautiful to look at, and the film is exquisitely photographed and tightly edited.

The music is magnificent, with a score from Alexandre Desplat that fits superbly and sounds great on its own, Desplat's distinctively hypnotic style immediately recognisable. Also striking was how 'Florence Foster Jenkins' combined humour and pathos, it does so perfectly and both elements are brilliantly executed. The comedy is genuinely hilarious and the pathos masterfully moving. The direction does really well in making a potentially dull story dramatically engaging, warm and uplifting, one also admires Foster Jenkins' determination.

Best of all is the acting. Meryl Streep's performance in the title role is a triumph, making her a compellingly real character and succeeds in intentionally singing badly despite that in real life Streep is a far better singer (almost anybody is, well apart from the TV talent show rejects). Hugh Grant's performance here is one of his best, perhaps his best since 'About a Boy' and he has rarely been more nuanced or sympathetic in a role very much removed from his usual romantic-comedy roles. Simon Helberg's supporting turn is spot-on, instead of being annoying or too effeminate Helberg is hilarious, suitably camp and loyal.

Rebecca Ferguson similarly excels, David Haig relishes his deliciously shady and not too pantomimic role and Nina Arianda brings charm to a potentially shallow and irritating character. These roles are difficult to pull off but they are pulled off quite adeptly.

In summary, entirely captivating. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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