POMS – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 31 mins.
DIRECTOR: Zara Hayes
WRITER: Shane Atkinson, Zara Hayes
STARRING: Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Rhea Perlman, Bruce McGill, Carol Sutton, Alexandra Ficken, Patricia French, Phyllis Somerville, Celia Weston, Alicia Boe, and Charlie Tahan
As we meet Martha (Diane Keaton), she has just moved into Sun Springs Retirement Community, hoping for an opportunity to achieve a little rest, and relaxation. When she finds out that her new neighbor Sheryl (Jacki Weaver) is more of the partying type, Martha isn’t sure if this new living arrangement is going to go at all as she had planned. But when Jacki finds out that Martha used to be a cheerleader, all bets are off, as she convinces Martha, and a few of the other ladies in their village too, to put together a cheerleading/dance squad, as they all want to continue their lives in a quest for fun! Now look out world, because no matter what your age is, these ol’ girls have decided to make the most of the years they have left…
I give POMS a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN & WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD: Funny and engaging the whole way through, POMS is a chick flick, purposely suited for a more mature female audience. It was truly wonderful hearing all the giddiness going on in the theater from this age demographic while I was watching the advanced screening, plus I was surprised how much laughter was coming from the from the youngsters in the theater too. And even though all the beauties cast aren’t exactly spring chickens any more – Keaton, Weaver, Grier, Perlman – the whole gang – were all perfectly cast in their respective roles, and they made sure to show us they are all still totally on top of their game! I also enjoyed the premise of this film, sharing that you are never too old to not live out your dreams. And when you add in the superb and enjoyable acting from Bruce McGill (Animal House, The Last Boy Scout, My Cousin Vinny) , and the two youngsters who came along for the ride this time too – Charlie Tahan and Alisha Boe – you end up with one funny and heartwarming film, that I am certain many Moms “of a certain age” are going to want to check out this weekend – and of course, with their sweet and adorable adult children in tow too!!!