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How About You... (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 16 November 2007 (Ireland)
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A young British woman struggling with the direction of her life spends Christmas watching over a retirement home filled with demanding residents.

Director:

Anthony Byrne

Writers:

Maeve Binchy (short story), Jean Pasley (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joss Ackland ... Donald Vanston
Hayley Atwell ... Ellie Harris
Orla Brady ... Kate Harris
Kevin Flood Kevin Flood ... William
Brenda Fricker ... Heather Nightingale
Paschal Friel Paschal Friel ... Minibus Driver (as Pascal Friel)
Darragh Kelly Darragh Kelly ... Mr Evans
Doreen Keogh ... Mary
Tim McDonnell Tim McDonnell ... Man in Wheelchair
Elizabeth Moynihan ... Nurse Healy
Mick Nolan Mick Nolan ... Postman
Ryan O'Connor Ryan O'Connor ... Dan
Joan O'Hara Joan O'Hara ... Alice Peterson
Vanessa Redgrave ... Georgia Platts
Danielle Ryan ... Maria
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Storyline

HOW ABOUT YOU tells the story of Ellie, a young woman left in charge of the residential home run by her older sister, over the Christmas period. Whilst most of the residents have left to spend the festive period with their families, four residents, known as 'the hardcore' remain. Their behavior is so terrible that the home faces closure as potential new residents are put off by their appalling antics. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2007 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

La grandeza de vivir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,022, 16 November 2008

Gross USA:

$78,234

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$802,321
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Donald Vanston: Damned cars on the lawn. Shit.
Heather Nightingale: That's it!
Hazel Nightingale: I don't want to go.
Heather Nightingale: They're trying to get rid of us before they arrived.
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Soundtracks

How About You
Written by Burton Lane and Ralph Freed
Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
Also Performed by Vanessa Redgrave
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14 December 2008 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Based on a short story by Maeve Binchy, this film is prevented from going too deeply thanks to the TV direction of Anthony Byrne. This one really has the feel and pace of a Hallmark Movie of the Week ... only with a really nice cast.

Hayley Atwell (The Duchess) plays Elle, the black sheep of the family, who shows up unannounced at the private retirement center her big sis owns. The home is struggling due to the rude behavior exhibited by four of the residents played by Brenda Fricker and Imelda Staunton (as sisters), Vanessa Redgrave (a former performer who longs for the spotlight again) and grumpy, lonely widower Joss Ackland (from the EverReady Bunny commercials, and for his line "Diplomatic Immunity" in Lethal Weapon 2). These four don't much like each other and certainly don't care for any others. Until ... you guessed it ... Elle reminds them what living is all about.

Must also mention a terrific supporting turn by Joan O'Hara, who brings a little wisdom and a twinkle in the eye to Elle. Sadly Ms. O'Hara passed not long after filming. I really thought Ms. Staunton stood out for her interesting portrayal of the co-dependent sister with a dark family secret. Well, at least it is dark for this film, which again, just doesn't dig too deeply into anything.

A message film with the simple message that loneliness should be avoided and don't stop living until you have taken your last breath. The title song is played at least 3 different ways in the film.


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