review by Bobby Blakey
It’s more often than not a good time when they make films pitting older people or kids in situations that put them out of place. There have been a few lately featuring seniors that have delivered the laughs including The Book Club and Last Vegas. The latest Poms features a great cast including Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston and Rhea Perlman, but does it bring the laughs or will it fail to remember its routine?
Poms follows a group of women who form a cheer leading squad at their retirement community, proving that you're never too old to 'bring it!' While there are a lot of clichéd moments here that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have something more to offer. The film offers up plenty of laughs and heart as expected but touches on a lot of relevant issues as well. It’s hard enough dealing with getting older, but the sicknesses and heartache that come along with it are no doubt even worse.
The premise of the film might seem farfetched on some level in regards, but the message is still intact. I work with seniors in regards to fitness and self-defense and the number one thing as you get older is keeping moving as well as keeping the spirit young. This movie showcases these characters finding a passion that not only rekindles their youth, but gives them hope and a new take on life which we all need sometimes. It’s not all fun and cheering though as they also deal with bullying, controlling people and rules that are usually the case in these stories.
It’s interesting to see them take seniors deal with these same things, but sad to know that this is not far off from the truth. In the end this is a fun heartwarming movie that while is a bit by the numbers and we all know where its headed still manages to put a smile on your face. Grab your copy of Poms available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.