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The Time of Their Lives (2017)

TV-14 | | Comedy | 10 March 2017 (UK)
A former Hollywood star enlists the help of a new friend in order to journey from London to France for her ex-lover's funeral, with the various mishaps en route making the trip unforgettable.

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Roger Goldby

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Collins ... Helen
Pauline Collins ... Priscilla
Franco Nero ... Alberto
Ronald Pickup ... Frank
Sian Reeves ... Sarah
Joely Richardson ... Lucy
Allene Quincy ... Ileana
Martin Arrowsmith Martin Arrowsmith ... Carer 1
Wayne Cater Wayne Cater ... Coach Driver
Richard Syms ... Reg
Latoya Lees ... Checkout Girl
Scott Michael Wagstaff ... Passport Officer
Tom Mulheron ... Eric
Claire De Belloy Claire De Belloy ... Little Boy's Mother
Matilda Shapland Matilda Shapland ... Eleanor
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Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover's funeral on glamorous French hideaway Ile-de-Re, former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins) escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage. Pooling their limited resources, they hit the road together by coach, ferry, car and foot in a race to get to the funeral on time, becoming entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive Italian millionaire (Franco Nero) along the way. On this unforgettable journey, they find true friendship in one another - and have the time of their lives.

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It's never too late for another chance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Amiche all'improvviso See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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$1,125,526
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Franco nero's Step daughter joley Richardson star together See more »

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No passports or travel visas are ever shown, yet they all travel from the UK to France. See more »

Quotes

Helen: [on stealing a rental car] There are perks to being a senior citizen
Helen: [trying to hitchhike] I need a fucking ride
Helen: [as a group of teens pretend to give her a lift only to drive off] Oh FUCK OFF... fucking kids
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An uneven road trip, but also a pleasant one
23 August 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The cast was an appetising one, and who doesn't enjoy a film with a mix of comedy, drama and road-trip? Does 'The Time of Their Lives' fully live up its potential? No. Is it a bad film? Not to me. Could it have been better? Of course. It is an uneven film, but is a pleasant way to pass the time and there is nothing offensive about it.

It has plenty of reasons as to why people will like it. It is also not too hard to see why people would not. It is a long way from perfect. It is corny in places. It is clichéd too. And parts of the story are implausible, with a few absurd plot twists. Didn't mind so much that the story is pretty slight, but not every scene comes off with a contrived scene where the characters get stoned and a too dragged out ending.

Also wouldn't have minded a little more comedy, the film is certainly not devoid of laughs and they are not bad in quality at all but there were instances where the seriousness could have been toned down and more balanced.

However, there is a lot to like. Really liked the performances. Pauline Collins brings the right amount of vulnerability to her role, and as a character that is the complete opposite the glamorous and as ever looking younger than her 84 years Joan Collins throws herself into it with abandon. The two have a lovely natural chemistry, essential for making the film work.

Franco Nero balances comedy, drama and charm effortlessly and Joely Richardson is really quite wonderful.

'The Time of Their Lives' is a nice-looking film. Very picturesque locations and beautifully shot. The soundtrack is infectious and the direction allows the two leads and their chemistry to properly shine to the forefront and handles the different tones well.

While the script and story could have been more consistent, it is very uplifting and heart-warming while taking it seriously, reminiscent of a mix of 'Thelma and Louise' and 'Shirley Valentine'. 'The Time of Their Lives' may be corny, clichéd and implausible but these negative qualities are also balanced out well with more positive attributes. There are parts that are genuinely funny, the chemistry between Joan and Pauline sees sweet moments without being saccharine and some of it is surprisingly moving.

Overall, uneven but pleasant. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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