(Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston, Phyllis Somerville, et al / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital / PG-13 / 2019 / Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
Overview: From the studio that brought you 'Bad Moms' and the producer of 'Book Club' comes an uplifting comedy about a woman who starts a cheerleading squad at a retirement community.
Starring Academy Award winner Diane Keaton, Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston, and Rhea Perlman, 'Poms' is a "heartfelt and hilarious" (Hollywood News Source) story that proves it's never too late to follow your dreams.
Blu-ray Verdict: Diane Keaton is always fantastic in any project she's involved in. Even in this stage in her career. I liked 'Book Club' from last year and felt like 'Poms' was in the same category.
A film about older woman being funny and bonding with one another over an activity. Its a new genre of film, really. I wanted to see 'Poms' because it looked like a simple fun way to kill time, even here in the house.
It still managed to exceed my expectations which means that this is a fun 90 minutes to be had that will ensure your living room gets filled with laughs and all around sweetness.
The film is about a woman with cancer, who moves into a retirement community. In the beginning she is closed off and not excited but they she begins to pursue a passion of her past: cheerleading.
She recruits 7 other elderly friends and soon they go from doing cheerleading for fun, to entering professional competitions. The woman begins to understand and revel in the bond she has with these women while also learning the importance of living your life now.
Diane Keaton and especially Jackie Weaver are fabulous in this film. The women are generally all lovable and have quirks to them that make them funny.
Admittedly, the script is simple and often unremarkable but the characters excel in bringing the film to life. Side note, Alisha Boe is very attractive and a joy to behold on the screen, but I felt like she was pretty bad in this film. (It doesn't require a lot and is just a minor point).
The film isn't really about the cheerleading competition. Its not a film about the activity like 'Bring It On'. This is more so a backdrop for the development of the womanhood and the bond between the characters.
The film is sweet and cute and funny for a good amount of time. Its basically nice harmless fun, which is necessary especially in an action packed month full of home video blockbusters. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of Subtitles in English SDH and Latin Spanish.
Official 'Poms' Trailer