How About You

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Released 2007

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Director:
Anthony Byrne
Released:
2007
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How About You is a 2008 dramatic comedy that centers on Ellie (Hayley Atwell), a free-spirited and intelligent young woman who is left in charge of a residential home for the elderly over the Christmas holidays. Despite some of her family's questions about her ability to take on such responsibility, Ellie is doing this as a favor to her older sister who owns the facility, but needs to head home to take care of their mother. What Ellie learns is that these residents will test her to the limit. Whether it is the downright rude residents who have no time for feelings or those that have stories for days, a change begins to take place at the Woodlands rest home. A few of these "grumpy" residents include a retired screen actress (Vanessa Redgrave), spinster sisters Hazel (Imelda Staunton) and Heather (Brenda Fricker), and a former judge (Joss Ackland). As Ellie begins to get to know each of the residents, the young woman begins to learn life lessons that make the job no longer a burden - but a gift.moreless

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  • 58

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As the reigning inhabitant, Redgrave adopts the swanning gestures of Maggie Smith in this mild adaptation of a Maeve Binchy story.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Appeal[s] to the delicate palates of an audience that craves the movie equivalent of tea and biscuits: stiff upper lips conceal hearts of gold, and all psychological conflicts are ...

  • 40

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Comedic and sentimental beats are as predictable as the storytelling is sloppy.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Independent