Well, after the other day's fiasco with Mel Brooks' High Anxiety, I sat down to watch Mrs Henderson Presents (Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins) and I must say it was a total 180 in experience!
It's a wonderful little film, based on a true story, about an eccentric rich widow (Dench) who buys a run down theater, renovates it and then reopens it, with the help of hired manager Van Damm (Hoskins), as a British vaudeville theater. Soon after, the other local theaters begin to copy the success of the Windmill Theater, causing it to lose money. Dench decides that they'll introduce female nudity and the rest, as they say, is history.
The story take place just before and during World War II and as such the war makes an impact on the theater and vice versa. Dench does an Oscar nominated performance as Mrs Henderson. Though not nominated, Hoskins' Van Damm is just as good. Their chemistry together is truly wonderful. The supporting cast does a very good job as the Windmill Theater cast. There are lots of cute musical numbers throughout the film, along with some wonderful naked breasts!
The one thing I was surprised with was the MPAA rating - this film got an "R", restricted rating. I honestly can't understand why. There's no sex, very minor bawdy language (one appropriate use of the "F" word) and a smattering of naked breasts. If anyone kows why this lovely little film would get an "R" rating, please let us know! It makes no sense!
I really can't recommend this film enough - go out today and rent it! I enjoyed it so much I'm thinking of buying it!
I'll give it a hearty 4 of 5 stars!
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Tuesday, May 30, 2006
DVD Review: Mrs Henderson Presents