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Florence Foster Jenkins

Meryl Streep plays Jenkins, a New York socialite and music supporter and enthusiast with a terrible voice, who ends up putting on a performance at Carnegie Hall. For the biopic fans, the story, although rather unbelievable, is based on true events. Overall, I liked the movie, but not as much as I wanted to. Meryl Streep is always great, and she shines once again (a classically trained singer who had to learn to sing poorly for the film – that has to take some talent!).  The other characters and their relationships to Jenkins are not explored very deeply. Hugh Grant plays St. Clair Bayfield, her lover for many years, and I was never quite sure of how they met or their relationship (was he using her?). I really liked Simon Helberg, who plays Cosme McMoon, Jenkin’s pianist. He is really funny, and one of the funniest scenes of the movie happens when he hears her sing for the first time. But again, it appears that he and Jenkins had a good friendship, but how that happened wasn’t really developed. But thumbs up for an entertaining movie with good acting performances and a good story about pursuing your dreams.

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