An interesting plot. Some funny parts and good acting. Sadly, the script was filled with unbelievably gross crude dialogue mostly from Dukakis. It made her character seem unbelievable/not real and so the story flopped in the end. Too bad. It could have been a good movie otherwise.
Touching, funny, sad. Some people will consider parts to be rather crude, but I laughed.
Hard-drinking, foul-mouthed octogenarian Stella (a thoroughly convincing Olympia Dukakis) is beyond angry when her blind and invalid lover Dot (Brenda Fricker…ditto) is placed in a nursing home by a meddling granddaughter. With no legal recourse at her disposal Stella decides to kidnap Dot and drive up to Canada where the two can become legally married and therefore inseparable. Along the way they pick up handsome young drifter Prentice who’s trying to make it back to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother. In the big old lesbian road movie that follows Stella and Dot look back on their thirty-one years together and the prospect of finally tying the knot with a mix of cold feet, longing, and an abiding love which has seen them through more tough times than they can remember. Prentice, meanwhile, has a few heartaches of his own to nurse and as the odd trio slowly make their way to the border unexpected bonds are formed while others are changed forever. Besides the endearing performances of Dukakis and Fricker (Dot’s calm yet feisty Irish demeanour is the perfect foil for Stella’s rather imaginative sailor’s mouth), director Thom Fitzgerald’s ability for incorporating natural beauty into his film’s narrative give it an easygoing rhythm which makes the one-liners and sight gags all the more hilarious—for at its heart this is a bittersweet romantic comedy after all (Dot’s unfortunate bedroom encounter with Prentice’s estranged father deserved more than one rewind). Unfortunately it all culminates in the kind of exaggerated “sugar and tears” ending for which Canadian cinema is infamous for—but despite some unnecessary drama the film’s heartfelt message of enduring love (and laughter) rings loud and clear.
My expectations of this film were more romanticized than what was actually in the film. Yet I found the story believable and realistic. The older I get, the less I censor my speech and actions. That's how I see Stella and Dot -- 2 women who have lived and loved together for 31 years, now they are 75 and 80. They see each other realistically and keep on loving no matter what. Yes, there's "bad" language and, yes, there's some male nudity, so younger audiences should perhaps not watch this movie. The overall message, however, is an important one. I hope others aren't put off by some of the comments and do watch this film.
Witty dialogue, outrageously believable performance by Dukakis, and a quirky plot are the highlights of this film.....very enjoyable.
This was very entertaining and great acting. The Language, especially the sexual parts will obviously offend some people but if you don't take it too seriously then you will have a few good laughs.
rude, crude, sad, funny. deals with sexuality, lesbians, gay marriage, age, family relationships, friendship.
We were disgusted by this filth. It did not represent what-could-have-been a beautiful portrayal of two aging women who share their lives together. It did show porn-ish images that do not belong in the public library system. This was written to excite men.
Found this movie completely unbelievable and crude. Seemed like every excuse was used to insert sexual references and scenes. Warning: Full on male nudity in a scene that was just ridiculous.
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