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  • Summary: Ellie, a free-spirited and headstrong young woman, is left in charge of a residential home, owned and operated by her older sister Kate, over the Christmas holidays. Her youth and inexperience bring her into bitter conflict with the four grumpy old residents known as the "Hard Core": retired screen beauty Georgia, spinster sisters Hazel and Heather, and a reformed alcoholic judge, Donald. The film deals with the hilarious antics of these uncivilized seniors, the gradual solidarity that develops between the residents and Ellie, and an unlikely romance. (Strand Releasing)
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  1. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    75
    A bit abrupt about its mood-changing revelations and a bit sketchy about its put-out-to-pasture characters. But it's a warmly engaging romp nonetheless.
  2. A remarkable cast for a small, non-mainstream effort.
  3. 63
    In the course of How About You, much champagne is consumed, pot is smoked, and a good time is had by all, the audience included. Redgrave even sings the title song.
  4. Appeal[s] to the delicate palates of an audience that craves the movie equivalent of tea and biscuits: stiff upper lips conceal hearts of gold, and all psychological conflicts are resolved with tearful confessions of vulnerability.
  5. How About You is not without its moments of insight, but its emotional arc is a straight line from A to B, a path made all the more obvious by the heart-tugging score.
  6. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    50
    The only crowds this stodgy little movie is likely to please tend to be home on a Saturday night, watching PBS.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    40
    Comedic and sentimental beats are as predictable as the storytelling is sloppy.

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