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  • Summary: You've probably seen her; here, you will get to know her. Hats Off proudly introduces Ms. Mimi Weddell, recently chosen by New York Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in New York--at the age of 90. A part-time actress for most of her adult life, it was not until the death of her husband, and at the age of 67, that Ms. Weddell quit her steady day job and plunged head-on into the notorious theatrical, film, and advertising world of New York City. Peek behind the curtain and through the other side of the camera as we follow Ms. Weddell on her rounds in search of the perpetual next show, from photo shoots to casting calls, singing lessons to dance classes. (Canobie Films) Expand
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  1. Ten years in the making, Hats Off is a documentary tribute to the 93-year-old actress Mimi Weddell, one of those people for whom the word “individual” seems especially apt.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The face may be vaguely familiar, and if the name "Mimi Weddell" doesn't ring a bell it will after you've seen Jyll Johnstone's affectionate documentary portrait of this unstoppable nonagenarian model and actress.
  3. Though Weddell's accomplishments are inspiring, we would have been better served by a more impartial portrait. With its reverent tone, the movie often feels more like it was made by a doting granddaughter than a pro filmmaker.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Despite intimate, prolonged access to her subject, director Jyll Johnstone seems to have missed the most interesting wrinkles of Weddell's story in favor of fuzzy life's-a-stage affirmations.
  5. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Weddell isn't really representative of an older generation of actors; she's one of a kind. But this visually indifferent documentary never explains why that matters.
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  1. JoyceB.
    Apr 5, 2008
    A very well made film. kudos to the director. --It's much more than the story of an actress and model who looked fabulous in hats and her career. A story of work, love and family life in New York City becomes a film most New Yorkers would not want to miss. Collapse