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Finding Your Feet

Finding Your Feet
Starring:
Imelda Stauton, John Sessions, Celia Imrie, David Hayman, Joanna Lumley, and Timothy Spall


Rated: PG-13 for suggestive material, brief drug use, and brief strong language.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date:  April 13, 2018 Released by: Roadside Attractions

A paint-by-number residential-based U.K. import looking at retirees could be considered a cross between The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Shall We Dance? (the Stateside version starring Richard Gere).

Finding Your Feet comes from British film and television director Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon, My One and Only) starring Imelda Staunton (Maleficent, Vera Drake) as a mistreated haughty, high-strung wife of a wealthy cop husband Mike just made a Lord (John Sessions).

Her new Lady Sandra needs an escape from her tony socio-economic status and it comes by way of her toking, uninhibited sister Bif (a bubbly Celia Imrie of Bridget Jones's Baby and Calendar Girls). She'll acquiesce to her sister's proposal of taking some dance classes with those of their advanced, but still energetic ilk.

The title comes into play as Sandra renews her long ago passion for the shaping of an art form and a personal esprit awakened. Especially when it comes to the backing of participating peers as performed by the likes of David Hayman (The Tailor of Panama, Macbeth), the comedic Joanna Lumley (Paddington 2, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie), and, most notably, Charlie (Timothy Spall of Denial, Mr. Turner). The latter's wife has dementia far enough advanced where he isn't on her radar.

Maybe with more script refining from Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft (the film was actually finished a couple of years ago as there's an appearance of the charitable 'ice bucket challenge') Finding Your Feet might have a wittier, more prudent poignancy to it. But, even if the secondary characters aren't well defined, it's not hard to empathize with the stress experienced by Sandra and Charlie. And, Staunton and Spall have the kind of rapport that often counters a hackneyed uncertainty.

Likeable dilettante hoofers aren't helped by the ceiling of where their lessons are headed when an improbable shot occurs a ways away. These Feet aren't as nimble as what the accomplished British thespians find in them even in wistful times. Be that as it may, it's not so bad being in their selectively sashaying, extended company

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