Calendar Girls (2003)

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Director: Nigel Cole
Cast: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, John Alderton, Ciarán Hinds, Celia Imrie, Geraldine James, Graham Crowden, Annette Crosbie


Members of a Yorkshire Dales branch of the W.I. conceive the plan of launching a nude calendar to fund the purchase of a new sofa at the hospital where the husband of one of them recently passed away.

The Review

Audience-pleasing hi-jinks in the Full Monty mould, though with some even more transparent reversals of expectations to procure the desired feelgood effect. A hit with the chattering classes, no doubt because based on a true story that made the papers, it offers a very funny and surprisingly subtle first half before messiness sets in in the shape of interest from Hollywood and fallings out among the cast.