Two British best friends and in-laws, Dawn (Brenda Blethyn) and Jackie (Dame Julie Walters), work together at a factory. When Dawn is diagnosed with a brain tumor, Jackie shares one hundred...
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Two British best friends and in-laws, Dawn (Brenda Blethyn) and Jackie (Dame Julie Walters), work together at a factory. When Dawn is diagnosed with a brain tumor, Jackie shares one hundred thousand dollars she received from her secret lover with Dawn, to fulfill her dream - a visit to Las Vegas. They buy two tickets and fly there.
A bumpy hybrid of different themes, though it comes together beautifully by the end
40-year best friends, co-workers and sisters-in-law, make it out of their British working class neighborhood for a fantasy trip to Las Vegas, tempered by the fact that one of them is dying. Director Nick Hurran and writer Kay Mellor combine quite a number of different ingredients here (including illness, men-vs.-women, factory life, family problems, financial windfalls, travelogue and lovestruck cowboys), yet, despite some missteps, the movie is a worthwhile weepy anchored by terrific performances. As the firebrand, ill-tempered man-chaser, Julie Walters tones down her sometimes-brash personality and has several beautifully realized moments; as her "mate", Brenda Blethyn juggles the more standardized clichés of a character with a limited amount of time left (she's brave, she glows, she's suddenly stronger and charts her own course), though Blethyn is very engaging here and works so naturally and easily with Walters that their friendship strikes nary a false chord. Hurran's dreamy framing of this story, with a puzzling introduction, may put some viewers off, but those who stick with it will find a rewarding drama about friendship and love. These themes have been touched on before in films--and true, there isn't much originality or surprises in Mellor's script--yet the bumps in the road here are actually rather endearing, and by the end of "Girls' Night" I was moved by the thoughtfully worked-out transition of the plotting. It's a minor gem. *** from ****
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