PFF26: Philomena

Time flashbacks

Welcome to Paula’s Friday Flashback! This is a challenge begun by Fandango and it’s fun to see what we posted back when (as well as the comments). The below is a reblog of a post I made on November 30, 2013. Enjoy!


This movie starred the incomparable Judi Dench ~ and I absolutely loved it. Steve Coogan was great as well. I’m not good at movie reviews, so I will lazily direct you to this one, which is perfection.

One thing I want to specifically mention though is Philomena’s recap of a romance novel as she and Martin (Coogan) were traveling. I died laughing in the theater. (Yes, I died and am poasting from the beyond with my special code.) First, it reminded me of when I’d sum up bodice rippers for my friend Elizabeth back in the day, in my special way, and we’d crack up to bits. Second, not only is it hilarious when a woman tries to explain to a man why she likes a romance novel, but here is a “lowbrow” woman cheerfully and cluelessly jabbering on to a cynical, smug intellectual about this book and he’s about to shoot himself. It is SO FAB. You should see the movie just for THIS SCENE.

Well no, that’s wrong. You should see Philomena because it’s wonderful. It begins small and gets huge. Do you know what I mean? So many movies start out with a ginormous explosion and a bunch of guys going, “Zomg, we’ve got less than twenty-four hours to save the planet!” Philomena begins with a sad woman who is missing her son and a journalist who needs to find a gig. As it proceeds, the themes become larger, deeper, and more philosophical.

Just excellent. Go see. 

/end reblog


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12 responses to “PFF26: Philomena

  1. I’ve yet to see this movie. I love Judi Dench in anything. She’s awesome. I love your review too!

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  2. Wow! I must “see” this movie. Great Review of it Paula. I love the punchy way you have written it. I too love Judi Dench

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  3. I am also a great fan of Judi Dench.
    I saw Philomena several years ago and found it beautiful but sad.
    I love the chatty way you have done your review Paula.

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  4. I need to see this movie.

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  5. I’ll have to look this up, sounds good!

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  6. I remember being surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie, as it isn’t the type of movie I typically go to see. My wife made me go.

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