Martha (Diane Lane) moves into an active retirement community due to an illness. Deciding to keep the news about her ill health to herself, Martha soon connects with the other older ladies in the city and forms a cheerleading group. Naturally, we witness individual tryouts as the cheer squad comes together. Our leading ladies also decide to enter a competition, taking on the next generation of cheerleaders. Other than Diane Keaton, our cheerleading team includes many well-known actresses such as Jackie Weaver, Pam Grier, Rhea Perlman and many other respected actresses.
For those who are not aware, this film is not based on a true story. The jokes here are generally light-hearted with a couple of minor crude jokes that managed to sneak in. Naturally, the best laughs come from the interaction of the actresses, and I particularly loved the chemistry between Diane Keaton and Jackie Weaver.
This film isn’t just a comedy. Poms includes many heartfelt moments that I’ll confess did manage to pull on my heartstrings even though moments before I was witnessing a scene that was based on something fun, silly or over the top. This film aims for good feelings and generally achieves this goal. It’s only unfortunate that this concept isn’t anything new, and we have all seen it before. Bring It On with Old ladies? Or a plot that is relatable to a film that arrived in cinemas last month, entitled “Swimming With Men”; a film that introduced a similar concept but with older men who wanted to learn how to become synchronised swimmers. That being said, even if the idea is a repeat, the film is enjoyable, and I found many moments surprising.
As the film begins, it does take a little time before it gets underway. There are also a few minor editing issues which distracted me. This included sudden edit cuts, jarring to different facial response or body positioning than the previous scene, cheapening the film at times. There is also a random shot of someone walking up to play a round of golf and the screen just cuts. This shot had no point of being here nor do I even know who the character in frame was! (Extremely Bizarre!). But I will stress, once the team is formed, I found the film to be on good roll.
Overall, while the film doesn’t bring any new concepts to the screen, I can’t deny how proud I am of the actresses in this film. It’s a light hearted comedy with many heart felt moments that will be enjoyed. I feel sons and daughters around the world should take their loving mums to see this film for Mother’s Day and perhaps we should all share a laugh, a tear, a box of popcorn and cheer this film on.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden