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Finding Your Feet (2017)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 30 March 2018 (USA)
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On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

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Richard Loncraine
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Imelda Staunton ... Sandra Abbott
Celia Imrie ... Bif
Timothy Spall ... Charlie Glover
Joanna Lumley ... Jackie
David Hayman ... Ted
John Sessions ... Mike Abbott
Josie Lawrence ... Pamela Harper
Phoebe Nicholls ... Janet
Indra Ové ... Corrinna
Marianne Oldham ... Nicola
Sonny Fowler Sonny Fowler ... Luke
Sian Thomas ... Lilly
Larrington Walker ... Gerald
Paul Chan ... Restaurant Manager
Victoria Wicks ... Pru - Swimmer
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Approaching their senior years, British sisters Sandra and Bif have been estranged for ten years because of their differences. Sandra, newly minted Lady Abbott in her lawyer husband Mike Abbott having been knighted, does whatever needed to present a perfect upper crust life and marriage, including maintaining a proper decorum. Older Bif is the carefree one, living for the moment, including not caring that her council estate apartment in inner city London is a pigsty, just as long as she can find whatever she needs. While Sandra has no place for someone like Bif in her life, Bif laments what Sandra has become when she married Mike, Sandra once having had a real zest for life. When Sandra learns first hand that Mike has been having an affair for five years with one of her closest friends Pamela and eventually asks for a divorce in wanting to marry Pamela, Sandra, feeling like her planned retirement life with Mike has been pulled out from under her, turns to Bif for emotional support in ... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, brief drug use, and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Actor, Timothy Spall, actually owns a Dutch barge in real life. See more »

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When Sandra catches her husband with his mistress they both have lipstick smeared all around their mouths. When the mistress appears moments later her lipstick is immaculate. See more »

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Sandra Abbott: I have spent my entire married life putting you and your career first, and what got me through was knowing that when you retired we would share our golden years together. But instead, you have traded me in for a newer model. Let me tell you Mike, she has had more than one previous owner! And her bodywork is mainly filler!
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References Roman Holiday (1953) See more »

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Ran Kan Kan
Written by Tito Puente
Performed by Luis Lema
Published by Peer International Corp
Licensed courtesy of Footprint Music Publishing 2017
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a gentle Brit-com laced with upper-class ridicule and feminist self-discovery
26 February 2018 | by CineMuseFilmsSee all my reviews

It is said that American comedy laughs at people whereas British comedy laughs with them. Whether you agree or not, there is a difference and it is difficult to define. A late-life marriage break-up, two deaths, two funerals, and dementia might sound serious but they are perfect comedic fodder in Finding Your Feet (2018), a gentle British rom-com laced with upper-class ridicule and feminist self-discovery.

After four decades of marriage respectability, Lady Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband has been having a long-term affair with her best friend. She storms into the life of her hippie older sister Bif (Celia Imrie) seeking refuge in her modest flat on a London council estate. In true British style, she dearly clings to her title until she realises the locals don't give a toss about uppity types. Just when she despairs about her future, she revives a passion for dancing and glimmers of romance appear in the most unlikely places. The local dance class becomes a touring troupe that includes her sister, a scruffy romantic named Charlie (Timothy Spall) and the hilariously haughty Jackie (Joanna Lumley). Meanwhile 'Lady' Sandra reverts to ordinary Sandra as she discovers that life can begin again at any age.

Films like this give divorce an attractive name. Depending on how existential you want to be, the story can be about the innate power to find yourself in the most adverse circumstances or, on the other hand, a barrel of smirks about the idiosyncrasies of the British class system, the joys of getting older and wiser, and the role of fun in living well. The casting is impeccable and their performances are A-class as you would expect in a quality British production. Although the ensemble are uniformly excellent, Imelda Staunton and Timothy Spall are the standout duo as they depict polar opposite social types who find themselves in each other.

The same plot with a younger cast might struggle, but somehow watching older people dismantle and rebuild their joy of life under the wet blanket of British social conventions is always amusing. There are no outrageous laughs nor are people or situations held to ridicule. The film's pleasure comes entirely from an intelligent script that makes wry observations of life's ironies and people's peculiarities. It's not all funny, but the tears and sad moments are brief. The delightfully corny ending ensures you leave this warm-hearted film feeling good.


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30 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

GBP5,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,132, 1 April 2018

Gross USA:

$1,418,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,845,593
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