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Monday, April 11, 2016

"These Old Broads" (2001)

Entertainers Kate (Shirley MacLaine), Piper (Debbie Reynolds), and Addie (Joan Collins) find a new audience when a hit song they did back in the early 1960's becomes popular again.  It is believed that it would be a great idea to get the ladies back together for a TV special.  Kate's son, Wesley (Johnathan Silverman), finds that getting them all in the same room is not going to be an easy feat.  The ladies all carry grudges on each other because of past romantic rivalries.  But once their agent Beryl (Elizabeth Taylor) makes the deal, the women agree to work together.  But there are numerous bumps in the road to deal with.

This is a somewhat amusing made-for-TV movie that depends a lot on the star power of the actresses involved.  There's a lot of catty exchanges and misunderstandings.  A very silly and racy subplot involves a boyfriend (Pat Harrington) of Addie, and a serious subplot including a revelation about Wesley seemed to come out of nowhere.  Ms. Taylor is not in the movie as much as is advertised, but she makes good use of her screen time.  Peter Graves and Gene Barry do fine in their small roles.

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