Lady Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) is a wealthy, pretentious wife who, on the night her husband celebrates his retirement, discovers he has been having an affair with her best friend. She flees their luxurious home to find solace with her diametrically opposed sister, Bif (Celia Imrie) who lives in a council flat in a seedy part of town, smokes weed and takes dancing classes with a mixed group of rambunctious seniors. Her emotional castle wall is dismantled brick by brick as she learns to find youth, truth – and of course, her feet – again.
It’s a charming movie with genuinely funny moments, though it suffers some unfortunate cliches and contrivance in the plot. Timothy Spall is endearing as the affable Charlie and Joanna Lumley is the aloof but dependable pal, Jackie. It’s refreshing to see a mostly older cast of characters being given more to do on screen than serve wisdom with a plate of lemon cream biscuits.
Reviewed by Rita Bratovich