Calendar Girls

Theatrical Release: December 19, 2003
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Synopsis

Based on a true story, “Calendar Girls” is a funny and heartwarming film about a group of middle-aged Yorkshire women who decide to take on cancer in a unique way. When Annie (Julie Walters) loses her husband John (John Alderton), to leukemia, she hopes that the local Women’s Institute (WI) will support the hospital that cared for him with a memorial fundraiser. But the stuffy and proper WI lacks the resources and energy to execute a successful and exciting project. With Annie running out of options, her energetic best friend, Chris (Helen Mirren), proposes a solution: The women of the WI could pose for a calendar…in the nude. Hoping for a tasteful celebration of their aging femininity, the women are inspired by the penned words of Annie’s deceased husband, “The flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire…more beautiful with each new stage, and the last stage is the most glorious.”

Dove Review

“Calendar Girls” raises a number of interesting issues for the Christian audience. What, for instance, is the relationship between the beauty of the human body and art, and can nudity ever be artistic? The issue in the latter question is whether or not the images inflame lust — a charge that is creatively diminished in this film because of the age of the models (40s–60s). The most objectionable elements of the film are not the calendar or the nude photo shoots, which cleverly obscure the bodies. A brief shot of a pornographic magazine and some bad language are what prevent Dove from awarding the Dove Seal to “Calendar Girls.”

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Info

Company: Buena Vista Home Video
Director: Nigel Cole
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 108 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Movie Morality Ministries - Shaun Daugherty