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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 4 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 22 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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Meryl Streep's second film in which her character performs at Carnegie Hall. The first was Music of the Heart (1999). See more »

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Although the film is set in the fall of 1944, a taxi cab is clearly shown to have a 1942 New York license plate. See more »

Quotes

Florence Foster Jenkins: They're getting through the potato salad like gannets.
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Featured in Projector: Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Lakmé - Bell Song
Written by Léo Delibes
Performed by Meryl Streep & Simon Helberg
Arranged by Terry Davies
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If a thing's worth doing, it's worth doing badly.
10 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There's something rather wonderful about people who manage to do things incredibly badly - William MacGonagall, the world's worst poet, and Eddie the Eagle Edwards, the world's worst ski-jumper, spring to mind; but Florence Foster Jenkins is in the pantheon as the world's worst singer. I have a CD of the few recordings she made, and not the least remarkable aspect of Meryl Streep's performance is that she superbly captures La Jenkins' extraordinary singing voice. This, however, is only one part of a beautiful performance, in which Streep gives us a touchingly vulnerable Jenkins. I saw this film expecting to laugh - and indeed there are some great comic moments. What I didn't expect, however, was to find myself sympathising with the title character so much, to the extent that I found myself rooting for her - not to give a magnificent recital, but at least to BELIEVE that she had. Hugh Grant plays Jenkins' sort-of husband (they never actually married in real life, though the film implies that they did) and manager. It's a fine performance, and he's lost none of his ease with comic scenes. He also has some heartwarmingly touching scenes in which he gives Jenkins the (platonic) love she is so desperate for, and when he tries to shield her from the truth. Even so, I was never quite sure how to reconcile this side of his character with the double-life he leads without Jenkins' knowledge. Simon Helberg is excellent as Jenkins' much put-upon accompanist, and Nina Arianda provides a good turn as a gold-digger who displays some unexpected heart. Highly recommended.


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