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Clever title, fun premise ...
, September 20, 2010
This review is from: Mrs Washington Goes to Smith (DVD)
... but for me it fell short. Alice Washington has two grown children, a daughter who is a lawyer and a son who is an art history major in college. Her husband has left her for a younger woman and so she decides to return to Smith College and finish the education she interrupted 30 years ago when she got married. Unfortunately, the single room she expected is not available upon her arrival at the school. She is required to share a room "temporarily" with a young woman who is a pianist, biker and attitude queen. By the time the single room is available at Thanksgiving, Alice and Zoe have been through many things that have brought them together in an interesting friendship and she decides to stay. The story line between the two of them is what I thought was the best part of this movie.
Zoe came to Smith to get away from the sad situation at home and rarely answers her mother's calls. Enter Alice--her mother away from home. Alice doesn't rat on Zoe when she copies from her paper, she picks up after her, she sees to it that Zoe buckles down and graduates instead of running away, and gets her mother back in her life. Zoe coaches Alice on dating, gives her a make-over, and gets her into the final basketball game. All that said, what could have been a fun movie just didn't measure up to its potential.
Alice Washington shows up at Smith College looking like a frumpy fifty-something-year-old. During the course of the movie we see her attract the attention of a much younger professor who "could have any woman he wants", make the basketball team on the power of one shot she never misses even though she can't dribble the ball, get a makeover that leaves her much more stylishly dressed but even the new blond "do" and the soft-focus camera can't wash away the years.
When Alice's husband calls it quits with his girlfriend and comes back wanting to make amends she dismisses him without a second thought. After all, she has a much younger man waiting in the wings. I had a hard time buying the "chemistry" between the professor and Alice. I don't know if it was because of the obvious age difference of more than a few years or if it was the less than stellar acting on the part of the female lead.
Billed as family entertainment, there were a couple of incidents of profanity, and a brief discussion in the dorm about sex. Since I have only seen this recorded from TV, I don't know if the dvd will have been edited or have any added scenes. I do know that after seeing it once I didn't think I would want a copy and after watching it again before writing this review I know I don't need to see it anymore.
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