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Family Movie Review: Elsa & Fred (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 98 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. A love story with two senior citizens at its center, the film includes cursing; lots of family drama involving parents, deceased spouses, and money-grubbing adult children; discussion of previous drug use by adults; some kissing, sexually themed talk, and sexually suggestive scenes.

Often quite charming, ‘Elsa & Fred’ stars Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer as neighbors falling for each other. Their easy performances carry this movie along, even though the plot ebbs and flows in expected ways.

By Roxana Hadadi

A movie about senior citizens falling in love can go a couple of ways. It can wallow in the depressing side of things, like “Hope Springs,” starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, or it can go utterly, unbelievably zany, like “And So It Goes,” starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas. The former was almost too realistic; the latter not really at all. The latest in the genre, “Elsa & Fred,” falls somewhere in the middle: The performances from Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer are naturalistic and easy, but the plot’s ups-and-downs aren’t that compelling.

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