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Family Movie Review: Quartet (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 98 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 13+. Some cursing and crude language; a little drinking by of-age characters; and sexually themed humor (one older guy who can’t stop grabbing his crotch) and implied sexual activity. The film is meant for an older crowd, but it’s nothing that would be totally inappropriate for a teenage grandchild along for the ride.

Last year’s ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ set a fairly high standard for older-generation-themed comedies, with its pedigreed British cast and its exploration of life after retirement. Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, ‘Quartet,’ follows in that same mold—and should be amusing for its intended audience and younger viewers alike.

By Roxana Hadadi

Nobody fights like old bandmates fight. Look at Fleetwood Mac or Aerosmith or the Beach Boys—they all worked together and toured together and knew each other so, so well, and then eventually they grew to hate each other. So it goes with “Quartet,” Dustin Hoffman’s (of “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Little Fockers”) directorial debut about a foursome of former musicians living together in a retirement home and battling old professional and personal demons. But the film has a nice sense of humor and a variety of good performances that keep it from veering too far into the depressing, and its musings about aging and regret are reminiscent of last year’s utterly pleasing “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” That film was worth your time; this one is, too.

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