Once behind the doors of Pine Grove Senior Community, she encounters lusty widows, cutthroat bridge tournaments and a hotbed of bullying “mean girls” the likes of which she hasn’t encountered since high school, all of which leaves her yearning for the solitude of home. But somewhere between flower arranging and water aerobics Helen discovers that it’s never too late to make new friends and perhaps even find a new love.
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In Theaters and On Demand June 11, 2021
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.”Lou Holtz
We learn early on that age is catching up to Helen. She forgets things, dropping things, and her daughter wants to help her out, and Helen doesn’t want the help. After a conversation with her grandson, who is going away to college, he insists that he try to repair her mother’s relationship. It all comes to a head when Helen drops something, goes outside, and locks her keys inside, resulting in her kitchen going up in flames.
Against her better judgment, while the renovation is happening on her house, Helen will live at Pinegrove, an assisted living home. The home is as cutthroat as it comes. The ladies are living it up like it’s high school all over again. Between the alliances and men, the competition is fierce.
“They are like Mean Girls but with medical alert bracelets.”Helen
We meet Dan (James Caan), who is quite smitten by Helen, and starts to wine and dine her all over the home. Quite a few girls begin to become jealous of their bond (Told you this was high school all over again) and start manipulating the situation.
One of the things that stands out throughout the movie was the one-liners which were well written and placed by Donald Martin (writer) and Michael Lembeck (director). They do a great job of setting the scenes up with a sprinkle of comedy here, a sprinkle of drama here and develop Helen to invest you in her journey. Ellen Burstyn is an absolute delight in the role of Helen. She and the rest of the cast looked like they were having the time of their lives and that made the movie more enjoyable.
Margot: I am very particular about what I put in my body
Janet: Hard to believe after five husbands.
The final act drops down to the predictable path and that was just fine for this movie. We witnessed character development, very good acting, and a well-put-together journey from the writing team. I had a blast.
The Verdict: B+
Queen Bees is a charming, funny and delightful Mean Girls sequel.