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March 29, 2009

Shirley Valentine (1989) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 9:10 pm


Plot: Shirley’s a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband’s chip’n’egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like and feels she’s stagnated and in a rut. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.

valentinedm1204_468x376Although not the best of the british comedies I have seen, this film was a true delight.  I absolutely fell in love with the main character Shirley Valentine, played by Pauline Collins who was nominated for an Academy Award.  Her character can hold true to any woman who has ever had a relationship problem, midlife crisis, or a moment when talking to walls is acceptable.  Although her character is not educated, her wit and love of adventure (in the end) is truly refreshing and can make anyone want to experience life.

The script is surprisingly fabulous although the production isn’t very high and the story can feel a little slow at times.  However, I will never forget the classic line “I will not try to make fuck with you”…classic.

I recommend this film for anyone ages 16 +, anyone who has ever wanted to travel (specifically to Greece), and anyone who loves british romantic comedy/dramas. I give this film 3.5/5 stars.


1 Comment »

  1. lol at how hairy the men were in the ’80’s – i remember!

    Comment by lola — April 24, 2009 @ 2:55 am | Reply

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