POMS: Movie Review



Having the time of their life, for the rest of their life - STXFilms brings this newest uplifting comedy following a group of ladies at a retirement community proving that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.


Poms follows Martha (played by Diane Keaton), a woman who recently moves into the retirement home “to die”. However, her seemingly dim outlook in life changes when her neighbor Sheryl (Jackie Weaver) happens upon some old cheerleading gear while the two are unpacking Martha’s things. When Martha reveals that she was forced to quit cheerleading to take care of her sick mother, Sheryl encourages the retirement community’s newest resident to try her hand at it once again.

Encouraged, Martha starts a cheerleading club in their retirement community, Sun Springs, decided that it’s time to chase the cheerleading dreams that once escaped from their youth. And the two get to work building their cheerleading squad consisting of their fellow retired residents, and a series of comical tryouts featuring Pam Grier's Olive and Rhea Perlman's Alice ensue. Originally meant to be just a team “for themselves”, Martha and Sheryl’s plans expand when they decide to enter the squad into an 18+ division of competitive cheerdancing competition. These “18+50 ”ladies then called on a young yet experienced cheerleader (Alisha Boe) to help with their routine for the competition.

In the face of several challenges, including knee problems and self-consciousness to Martha's revelation that she really is dying, the group works to overcome their fears and band together to make their dreams a reality.

"You were dying yesterday, and you're going to be dying next week," Sheryl says. "In the meantime, you should be dancing your ass off."

Diane Keaton returns to the big screen for the first time since her ensemble role in last year's hit romance Book Club. Legendary actress Pam Grier was last seen starring in Bad Grandmas, and Rhea Pearlman is having a career renaissance with recent roles in Saving Flora, Half Magic, The Mindy Project and a very memorable turn in the Adult Swim horror-comedy anthology Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories. Celia Weston, Phyllis Somerville, Charli Tahan, Alisha Boe, and Bruce McGill also star in the film.

Zara Hayes is making her feature-length directorial debut with Poms, proving yet again that it’s never too late to chase your dreams. Here, she is working with screenwriter Shane Atkinson, who is also making his feature writing debut with this STXFilms comedy based on a story by Hayes and Atkinson. STXFilms is also releasing Poms as its very first all-female-led comedy film.

Every generation gets a feel-good movie that itself serves as a cheerleader and this should prove to be a big hit when it arrives this summer, serving as the perfect kind of counter-programming for the big blockbusters heading our way. Expect plenty of sexual references and racy jokes, as well as some swearing and serious discussions about death and illness, but overall this looks like it will be an uplifting comedy that's OK for teens.

Poms is that special kind of movie that shows one has to be brave enough to follow their dreams before everything is too late. Follow a touching story filled with hope and love - Poms


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