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  • Summary: Middle-aged Maggie must find a way to get enough money for her grandson’s lifesaving medical treatment. With all financial resources exhausted, Maggie tries her best to lift the dwindling hopes of her only son Tom and his wife Sarah. When a “Hostess Wanted” sign catches her eye, MaggieMiddle-aged Maggie must find a way to get enough money for her grandson’s lifesaving medical treatment. With all financial resources exhausted, Maggie tries her best to lift the dwindling hopes of her only son Tom and his wife Sarah. When a “Hostess Wanted” sign catches her eye, Maggie naively stumbles into a city sex club. The true job description is quite a surprise for the respectable, middle-class widow, even if she isn’t a prude. But unskilled Maggie accepts this as her fastest way to urgently needed cash and her very last option, having already sold her own home to pay for little Olly’s hospital bills.
    Shy Maggie has a rough start at “Sexy World,” more than just a train ride from her conservative suburb. Wisecracking colleague Luisa shows her the ropes and the two women strike a touching friendship. Tough guy owner Miki, a real ladies’ man, reveals a soft spot for dutiful Maggie, and transforms her into the much-in-demand and lucrative “Irina Palm.” Maggie courageously proves to herself that she’s not so old and useless after all. (Strand Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Faithfull is marvelous: Once notorious for her own escapades, this great-great-niece of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch is no shrinking violet, but she's perfect as a plump, frumpy widow with a huge heart and a hidden talent no one would ever suspect.
  2. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    75
    It turns out a success, tempering its farfetched scenario with enough restraint and believability to pass for a modest parable of modern manners.
  3. Genially preposterous and pleasantly diverting, it balances calculation against humanity and generally comes out on top.
  4. Reviewed by: Kat Brown
    60
    There's a heartwarming quality that softens the hardcore setting but this does lack an assured, er, hand.
  5. 50
    The dopey premise only takes to a gross extreme the "Full Monty" formula that the Brits have been milking for more than a decade.
  6. Plays like a throwback to gritty-but-softhearted English dramas of the 1980s like "Mona Lisa" and "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid."
  7. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    30
    Nobody can reduce tawdry material to doddering quaintness like the British, but this staggeringly inane joint effort of U.K., Belgian, French, German, and Luxembourgian film financing represents a true coalition of the witless.

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