Rent Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

3.4 of 5 from 278 ratings
1h 45min
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Synopsis:
'Florence Foster Jenkins' is the inspirational true story of a woman who followed her dream and lit up the lives of all who came to know her. A passionate amateur, Florence aspired to be a great singer. Although she could barely hold a tune, her devoted husband and friends delighted in the joy of her performances and protected her from the ridicule of strangers. But when Florence decided to give a public concert to 3,000 people at Carnegie Hall, her husband knew he faced an impossible challenge.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Michael Kuhn, Tracey Seaward
Writers:
Nicholas Martin
Others:
J Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips, Consolata Boyle
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Drama
Countries:
UK
Awards:

2017 BAFTA Make-Up And Hair

BBFC:
Release Date:
05/09/2016
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • From Script to Screen
  • The Music and Songs of Florence
  • Designing the Look
  • 'Ours is a happy world' Featurette
  • World Premiere Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/09/2016
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • From Script to Screen
  • The Music and Songs of Florence
  • Designing the Look
  • 'Ours is a happy world' Featurette
  • World Premiere Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (3) of Florence Foster Jenkins

Hugely enjoyable biopic directed by Stephen Frears - Florence Foster Jenkins review by PV

Spoiler Alert
01/12/2016

OK, so this movie is not groundbeaking - well, biopics tend not to be. They are easy meat for the studios as are adaptations of video games and cartoons, and remakes of old films or sequels, or filmed books. But then most movies from the risk-averse studios fit into one of these categories.

As a simple biopic of a woman who was probably off her rocker, this is great fun. I loved the pianist character - so true to life, when I compare with several camp classical pianists I have known. I'd award him the best supporting actor Oscar right now.

Hugh Grant redeems himself and has a career comeback with this too. I often find La Streep irritating, but she ticks all the boxes here - and it is VERY hard indeed to deliberately sing or play a musical instrument flat. Les Dawson was the master. But for singing, Streep is spot on.

I loved the images of New York in 1944 - to be honest, I wish I'd been able to go there then and not now.

Great fun and a fascinating story of a one-off woman - I suppose she was maybe the Jade Goody of her age time ten. Never forget however that Florence was super rich and people like that can do ANYTHING they want in the arts - I could name several writers, actors, film makers and performers who owe their entire careers to the fact they're from a rich background. Money trumps talent every time.

4.5 stars rounded up to 5. The notes at the end of what happened to these people are fascinating and they play an actual recording of Florence Foster Jenkins at the end too so we can all hear how bad she truly was! Btw the same thing happens these days with Russian Oligarchs investing millions into trying to make their talentless young wives pop stars. Plus ca change...

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Hugh is actually quite good. Match for Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins review by NC

Spoiler Alert
04/12/2016

This topic has been done before, but brought up to date now. Hugh always plays a bit of dodgy lad with ladies, and part suits him well. Meryl is once more on form, and the pianist Simon Helberg is totally spot on. Good casting of someone have not consciously seen before.

Could not write the story and get away with it, so just as well is based pretty much on fact, although in fact she was never married to Bayfield.

One of the few decent films released recently

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Slightly worrying! - Florence Foster Jenkins review by MW

Spoiler Alert
30/10/2018

When I first sat down to watch this film I was unsure what was going on and unusually, didn't watch more than half of it. When a friend told me to persevere with it as all would be revealed towards the end I did watch it right through, but I didn't find any real explanation, other than that Florence was rich woman with no talent who believed that she could sing! Nobody appeared to want to disabuse her of this idea!

However, being a true story, one has to accept this and thereafter I enjoyed the performances of the actors. They were all brilliant! It's an unusual part for Hugh Grant and he plays it very well indeed! The pianist, played by Simon Helberg, was amazing and I was stunned to discover that the playing was all his own! David Haig was excellent as Florence's voice coach, but the star in every way is Meryl Streep, admittedly my favourite actress. It was easy to forget that it was indeed her, her singing was so bad!

Overall I would recommend it and even if the story is rather odd, enjoy the acting! And also try to imagine how on earth it's filmed in Liverpool, masquerading as New York!

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