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How About You... (2007)

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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,588, 26 April 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[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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Features Hobson's Choice (1954) See more »

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Let There Be Love
Written by Ian Grant and Lionel Rand
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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A Bloody Fine Irish Comedy, This Is...
16 February 2009 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

'How About You' is one of those "feel good" films from Ireland (just to let everybody know that we're not just a bunch of gloomy,depressed sods that like a good cry). Anthony Byrne directs a crackerjack cast of seasoned veterans,including Vanessa Redgrave as an over the hill actress (or so she claims),Joss Ackland as a retired judge who's chronic alcoholism brought his career crashing down early,and a cast of other fine actors & actresses playing the residents of a nursing home in the beautiful Irish countryside (filmed mostly in County Wicklow). The story concerns a young woman,who arrives at her older sister's nursing home in need of a place to live & work. As she arrives around Christmas time,most of the residents have already gone home to family, except for a scant handful miserable,cranky residents,who are nick named by the staff as "the hard core". Hayley Atwell shines as Ellie, the obviously pretty,young face,among the resident batch of sour balls, who refuses to put up with their b.s. This film reminded me a lot of the British comedy,'Experience Preferred,But Not Necessary' (which was also about a young lass who goes to work for a Summer holiday resort in the English seaside coast). If you like a light,refreshing,breezy comedy that will make you smile as you exit,then 'How About You',from 2007 may just be your cup of tea. Not rated,but contains profanity & drug humour.


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