In what could also be a primary for cinema, “Queen Bees,” directed by Michael Lembeck, depicts a senior citizen utilizing a cell phone with no issue in anyway. The senior in query is Helen, performed by Ellen Burstyn, an impartial lady who’s calling the residing middle for elders that retains sending her brochures. In emphatic tones she tells the consultant that she’s not shifting from her home, which is nice however feels a little bit empty.
The issue is, she retains locking herself out of her home. This behavior, and Helen’s isolation as a widow, are of concern to her grandson Peter (Matthew Barnes) and of maybe mercenary concern to her daughter Laura (Elizabeth Mitchell). When a kitchen fireplace necessitates repairs, Helen is compelled to maneuver into that residing middle — on what she repeatedly insists will likely be a brief foundation.
Right here she meets the “Queen Bees” of the film’s title, a trio of imperious girls, led by Janet (Jane Curtin), Sally (Loretta Devine) and Margot (Ann-Margret), who rule the group’s card room and cafeteria. When Sally tries to persuade Helen to ingratiate herself with these energy holders, Helen protests that this isn’t highschool. Sally responds that it’s worse; in “highschool we graduate. Right here, we die.”
One needn’t hassle to make a “Imply Ladies” comparability, because the film’s dialogue itself does. “Queen Bees” is a totally typical comedy-drama proper all the way down to its saccharine rating by Walter Murphy. (Sure, the “A Fifth of Beethoven” man.) That mentioned, it doesn’t waste its impeccable forged, which additionally consists of Christopher Lloyd and a remarkably sport James Caan as Helen’s love curiosity. Every of those stalwarts convey greater than charisma to their roles, and when the writing itself shows some snap (which admittedly isn’t that always) the performers chew proper into it.
Rated PG-13 for language, senior themes. Working time: 1 hour 40 minutes. In theaters and obtainable to hire or purchase on Apple TV, Vudu and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.