|Released:||Friday, May 10, 2019|
|Rating:||Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.|
POMS is an uplifting comedy about Martha (played by Diane Keaton), a woman who moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, Sheryl (Jacki Weaver), Olive (Pam Grier) and Alice (Rhea Perlman), proving that it's never too late to follow your dreams.
Celia Weston, Phyllis Somerville, Charli Tahan, Alisha Boe and Bruce McGill also star. Zara Hayes directed the script by Shane Atkinson. Producing are Kelly McCormick (Atomic Blonde); Alex Saks (Book Club); Mad as Birds Films' Andy Evans, Ade Shannon, Celyn Jones, Sean Marley and Rose Ganguzza. Keaton, Sierra/Affinity's Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg, and Will Greenfield are executive producing.
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Some will say it is never too late to fulfill a dream. For Martha (Diane Keaton; Annie Hall) that statement is very true as she starts a senior citizen cheerleading squad in her new film POMS.FlickDirect, in conjunction with STX Entertainment, would like to give some lucky winners the opportunity to see the film on May 8, 2019, at one of the following locations: Miami: AMC Aventura, Orlando: Reg... More>>
Poms Theatrical Review
I don't know what this film about senior citizens in a retirement community is trying to be, and I don't think it knows either. Is it a comedy, a drama, a tale of female bonding through sports, or is it just about the cattiness of women? Maybe it's trying to be all those things at once, and perhaps that's why it doesn't work for me. Trying to be too many things at once is a fatal flaw in a script, and it gets even worse when it hits the big screen.
Diane Keaton has been a comic treasure ever since her appearance in "Anne Hall". She has great comic timing, unquestionable screen presence, and can usually save any film she's in. However, here she's upstaged by a lack of depth in her morose character and by another talented comic actress who gets all the good lines. It begs the question, why would she take this role? I'm going to wonder about that for a long time.
There are some redeeming moments here and there, a few good laughs even, but the film is boring and so riddled with every cliché in the book that you can see the twists and turns coming from at least mile away.
Here's The Storyline…Martha (Diane Keaton; Book Club) who is suffering from cancer, decides to move from her lonely city apartment to a Georgia based retirement community to finish out her life. Despite her continued self-imposed lonely life she begins to make friends. When her new best friend, Sheryl (Jacki Weaver; Widows), encourages her to achieve a long-lost dream of becoming a cheerleader, they recruit a group of other senior women and start a cheerleading club, much to the dismay of the community's ruling board.
The retirees set their sights on entering a competition, which is dominated by High School Cheerleading Squads, knowing full well that this will require everything they've got and more. It's their chance to show the world that it's never too late to follow your dreams.
Director Hayes appears to lack a sense of what plays well as comedy on screen and barely uses the wonderful location she chose, which is ripe for comic picking, and instead tries to add over-the-top characters to set the tone. Also mostly ignored are the cheerleading seniors, who include two very accomplished actresses (Pam Grier and Rhea Perlman). Unfortunately, as interesting as they could have been, they were never allowed to rise above being simple set pieces. It's a pity to waste such talent.
My take… "POMS" is nothing more than an adequate TV movie sandwiched between commercials. If you're interested, wait till it gets there to watch it.
-- Alyn Darnay
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