Florence Foster Jenkins

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6.81 h 50 min2016X-RayPG-13
The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep), a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer despite having a terrible singing voice. Co-starring Hugh Grant.
Directors
Stephen Frears
Starring
Meryl StreepHugh GrantSimon Helberg
Genres
ComedyHistoricalDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Rebecca Ferguson
Producers
Michael KuhnTracey SeawardCameron McCrackenChristine LanganMalcolm Ritchie
Studio
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmoking
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4.3 out of 5 stars

3241 global ratings

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AustenparkerReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heartfelt, well-acted biopic
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As a long time fan of opera, I'd heard a lot of buzz about this movie when it came out, but didn't get a chance to see it in theaters. How fortunate that it showed up in amazon prime! Due to the mixed reviews, I was a bit skeptical as to whether I would enjoy this or not. However, I needn't have worried - it was delightful from start to finish. It should be noted, this is not a straight-up comedy. There are comedic moments, but it's more accurately a drama, lightened by the comedic excellence of Simon Helberg. It's also not a cookie-cutter romance - there's a lot of nuance to Florence and St. Clair's relationship. Streep and Grant portray their characters with depth and emotion. I can't say enough about the chemistry between the two stars, which was intense, tender and yet also incredibly sweet and ultimately touching. I won't give away plot points, you have to watch it and judge for yourself. The film is gradually paced, it's a character study without a lot of action, which has caused some reviewers to criticize the pacing as slow. For my part, I didn't find my attention wandering at all. It's not fast-paced, sacrificing overt action for character study rarely seen in theaters. Even though Florence was self-indulgent and very cosseted by her peers and loved ones, Streep's portrayal is highly sympathetic. One reviewer compared her to Paris Hilton, which seems unfair given the struggles that the real Florence endured through her illness. As for Grant's St. Clair, he was phenomenal. Although his character could have been a one-dimensional cliche, Grant imbued his portrayal with a great deal of heart, clearly conveying St. Clair's genuine affection for Florence. A lovely, touching film without a weak performance in the lot.
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BixReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
She Mattered
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I first learned of Florence Foster Jenkins over 50 years ago when a kindly, elderly librarian recommended the 1954 10" LP to me (She knew my sense of humour and pathos. ) I was too poor to buy records and was allowed to check them out of the local University City Public Library (c.1969). I was eleven and eager to discover everything about the world that came before.
Yes, I got a great kick out of the records and still enjoy them.
But, then I learned that Florence Foster Jenkins sold a LOT of war bonds, made and donated a LOT of money to worthy charities.
This wise librarian told me that she had seen Mme. Jenkins and was never again so entertained.
She also told me that Mme. Jenkins KNEW exactly what her audience thought, but continued the concerts because of the money she could raise for her charities.
I guess you will never know for sure.
However, I am but ONE degree of separation from Mme. Jenkins and I choose to believe that she knowingly discarded her dreams and gave her life for others.
Florence Foster Jenkins remains the highest example of courage, decency, generosity and true Christian spirit that I can describe.
When you can sell out a 2500 seat venue faster than Frank Sinatra in 1944, obtain 20 times the ticket price as Sinatra, and then give it all to worthy charities, you have become a Great Personage.
Florence Foster Jenkins was a Great Personage.
BTW: Florence Foster Jenkins was a FAR better singer than depicted in this ciné film. Her errors of pitch were a tad more subtle and far more brilliant in their humour..
Not withstanding, Ms. Streep afforded us a magic performance. Hugh Grant, blew me away with his transformation into the character.
I only wish the film spent more time describing the all the Good Florence Foster Jenkins accomplished through her rare talent.
Talent is not always what you want it to be. I suppose this is why clowns are known to cry whilst they make us laugh and feel better. —E.g., Jack Benny, off-stage, had to wear leg braces of the type that FDR wore because of the 50+ years of prat falls Mr. Benny suffered to amuse us. Mr. Benny was in constant pain. Lionel Barrymore had R.A. He eventually needed to perform in a real wheelchair, and suffered pain and anguish unknown to mere mortals. Even today, steroids may initially seem to work better, but ultimately cause far more pain and a shorter life than morphia. So much for "Her Döktor" Trump.
I recommend the ciné film, "On Borrowed Time", starring Lionel Barrymore. Enjoy.
God Bless The Clowns.
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Eric RhinebaumReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Save Your 2 Hours and Read About Florence on Wiki!
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Instead of spending 2 hours watching a true and truly sad story, save your time and read up on Florence in Wikipedia.
Personally I find this story, of a wealthy woman who has a terrible singing voice and her husband who did everything to encourage her passion and dream to be very depressing and annoying. Hugh Grant's acting was about the only bright spot. Sorry a friend recommended this as a "beautiful love story" That kind of love, encouraging your loved one to bring themselves public humiliation is just gross! Sorry I watched the whole thing. I could have gotten a root canal.
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MaryReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
I love a quirky true story
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It is amazing that this is a true story. It inspired me to look up the woman on which this is based and see her pics and hear her recording. The casting is great. So many subtle nuances that really make you feel for these people. They are quirky, gentile, eccentric, devoted, loyal and loving in their own way, in their own most unusual circumstances. It is actually a very pretty film in appearance with wonderful costumes and period piece decor. Was fun to see "Howard" from The Big Bang Theory in another role and he was wonderful. I didn't realize he was a musician and it's a nice perk that everyone does their own playing, 'singing' and dancing. Basically it is a different kind of movie that will keep your attention, not through action, just in it's quirkiness and in learning more about this unusual cast of characters. You come to like each one.
19 people found this helpful
Meredithe JulianoReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Talented Treasure
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I was completely bowled over by this thoroughly outstanding movie. It was both heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time. Totally fabulous performances by everyone. There were many scenes that had me literally roaring with laughter. Other scenes broke my heart. I never heard of this before but when I saw Meryl Streep was in it along with Hugh Grant, I just had to watch this. I recommend this to every artist who believes in their own talent. Everyone should follow their dreams as this lady did. Thank you Amazon Prime. So glad I did not miss this utter treasure.
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MoanakaiReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
"He's raping my ears!"
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is just one example of many funny lines in this film based on a true story which I googled after I watched it because I absolutely couldn't believe that someone could present themselves in such a way as Mrs. Jenkins did-who couldn't sing one iota and what she did sing was just high pitched and terrible. It's amazing what social status and money can do for a person and their followers who never tell the woman the truth and perpetuate such a lie which if it was me would be totally humiliating. It appears her life was based on vanity, however the woman had a good heart and apparently meant no harm. I noticed when I googled that the actors all match with the actual people of that time period, they looked almost identical. About 20 minutes into the film I was almost going to turn it off but at the 22 minute mark I was all in and it was one laugh after another punctuated by some pretty dramatic and sometimes sad scenes. I think it's worth watching especially since it's based on history and Meryl Streep can play any part, she only gets better as she ages.
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Mr. ReeReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wow, I'm glad I didn't waste more of my life on this one!
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Like another reviewer, I could ONLY make it through 45 min. of this dreadful movie; and, I nodded off for about 15 of those 45. I came to at about the 40 min. mark, just before an operatic singing scene, and I cringed and wondered "Oh my God, what am I watching?". I decided I better pause and read the reviews, and I'm glad I did, or I might have pushed on just to see if it got better (I highly recommend that you read the one star reviews, they're much more accurate than the five star ones). I've never been much of a Streep fan because I just don't see what all of her adoration is due to, there are much better actors in Hollyweird than her (Hillary Swank, Tom Harding, Keanue Reeves, Samual Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Laura Dern, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, etc.); but, I do have several Hugh Grant movies in my personal collection. I bet this role was not a stretch for Meryl Streep because she, too, is an awful singer (remember "Mama Mia"), and, she is also surrounded by people who suck up to her. The life-lessons that were confirmed to me, during the 30 min. I was conscious, were: that many people suck up to the wealthy just because they are; that, sadly, many people create a fantasy world for themselves just to avoid reality, which their "loved ones" will help facilitate; and, that it's just as easy, maybe easier, for a whole group of people to lie, rather than just a single person, because they feel it is for a good reason. Instead of watching a sad boring movie about a woman who lived a fantasy life and those who helped in feeding that fantasy, I suggest that you go and enjoy your own life and not waste your precious moments on this dreadful, uninteresting, story.
Book WormReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable enough
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I've seen the story about Florence Jenkins performed in a theater play, which is the first time I've heard about this lady. The theater play I've seen did a far better job portraying Ms. Jenkins as truly passionate woman whose love for music was boundless as was her generosity to arts. She was also portrayed as someone possessing wit and sense of humor and was generally well liked, so people who heard her singing indulged her willingly. While she wasn't completely in on the joke, at least she wasn't a complete pariah in need of protective bubble. In this movie, focus is more on her long-suffering husband driven to his wits' end to protect her from knowing the truth, and Mrs. Jenkins herself is sickly, witless and bumbling. I am not 100% sure which portrayal is truer to real life person, but I preferred the theater play version. The movie is not so bad, but it depends on how you interpret her story. To some it's about sad public humiliation, to others it's about woman who lived her true passion. If she couldn't paint, but painted anyway, people might still admire her paintings and call it "modern" or "interpretative" art. Singing opera doesn't get the same pass.
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