Family Movie Review: My Old Lady (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13        Length: 107 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 15+. Some cursing and a few rude hand gestures, some kissing and implied sexual content, and some sexually themed jokes. Most importantly, though, the film is centered around extramarital affairs and the depression that can manifest in children of these suffering relationships, so there is also discussion of alcohol abuse and a suicide attempt. The film is PG-13 because it's not explicitly sexual, violent in any way, or particularly profane, but those emotional themes may be too heavy for younger teenagers.

Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith are excellently crisp and biting as they feud in 'My Old Lady.' But the film's smartly written dialogue is weighed down by too many narrative cliches.

By Roxana Hadadi

Maggie Smith can spar with the best of them, and to see her spit one-liners and no-nonsense reprimands at Kevin Kline in "My Old Lady" is a joy. As butting heads fighting over the same piece of real estate, every moment that Smith and Kline grapple with each other is equally brutal and hilarious. But as the film moves away from comedy and more aggressively toward family-centered melodrama, "My Old Lady" wastes both actors, even though it had previously used them to great effect.

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