Calendar Girls Movie Review Summary

Actors: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters

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The women of North Yorkshire, England do as many English country women do and join the Woman's Institute (WI) for friendship and to learn new things. Unfortunately the WI that is in Rylstone has gotten a bit dull. They seem to only be learning about things such as how many uses there is for broccoli and how to pick the perfect tea towel. But, this is all due to change. Annie's husband who is the local arborist suddenly develops leukemia. Unfortunately the love of friends, family and lots of medicine does not cure him and he passes on. When sitting with Annie in the “Relatives Room” one afternoon Chris comments that if people spend too much time on the couch in the room then they will need to build a wing of the hospital to treat them. During one of the WI meetings the chair starts to talk about the yearly calendar that is put together as a fund raiser, this year's tropic is sure to inspire lots of shots, as it is Church Steeples of Rylstone. Later while at a local auto body shop Chris spots the Pirelli Tire calendar and suddenly has a brain storm. Chris convinces a number of the WI to pose nude, yes nude in their golden years for a fund raising calendar. Her plan is to buy a new leather couch for the relative's room. After much hemming and hawing the idea takes root and then the hunt for a photographer begins.
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Humor abounds as they look at portfolios of abstract artists, poodle photographers as well as butterfly aficionados. But, no one is right for the photographer they need. Finally they remember one of the orderlies for Annie's husband was a photographer. They twist his arm into the project. He comes back with the idea to have photos taken as if they were doing the painting, baking, knitting, gardening that the WI is known for, but with one slight difference, they would do it in the nude. After much wine, a lot of peer cheering and encouragement they make the calendar.

The calendar takes hold and becomes a hit. Once it is a hit in Britain it also becomes a huge success “across the pond” in the States.
The review of this Movie prepared by Tanya

After Annie's husband dies of leukemia, her friend, Chris decides to make a calendar to raise money for cancer. The only difference is that they will be in the calendar, and they will be nude. At first, their friends don't want to do it, but then agree. The calendar is soon a world-wide sucess, and the girls soon head to Hollywood. Annie, meanwhile, tells Chris to stay in England, and take care of her family.
The review of this Movie prepared by Estefan Ellison

Script Analysis of Calendar Girls

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   stripper/porno maker

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife    -   unemployed Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language

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