‘Queen Bees’ Review: Mean Girls on Social Security

In what could also be a primary for cinema, “Queen Bees,” directed by Michael Lembeck, depicts a senior citizen utilizing a cell phone with no problem in any way. The senior in query is Helen, performed by Ellen Burstyn, an impartial girl who’s calling the residing heart for elders that retains sending her brochures. In emphatic tones she tells the consultant that she’s not shifting from her home, which is nice however feels just a little empty.

The downside is, she retains locking herself out of her home. This behavior, and Helen’s isolation as a widow, are of concern to her grandson Peter (Matthew Barnes) and of maybe mercenary concern to her daughter Laura (Elizabeth Mitchell). When a kitchen fireplace necessitates repairs, Helen is compelled to maneuver into that residing heart — on what she repeatedly insists will probably be a brief foundation.

Here she meets the “Queen Bees” of the film’s title, a trio of imperious girls, led by Janet (Jane Curtin), Sally (Loretta Devine) and Margot (Ann-Margret), who rule the neighborhood’s card room and cafeteria. When Sally tries to persuade Helen to ingratiate herself with these energy holders, Helen protests that this isn’t highschool. Sally responds that it’s worse; in “high school we graduate. Here, we die.”

One needn’t hassle to make a “Mean Girls” comparability, because the film’s dialogue itself does. “Queen Bees” is a totally standard comedy-drama proper right down to its saccharine rating by Walter Murphy. (Yes, the “A Fifth of Beethoven” man.) That mentioned, it doesn’t waste its impeccable forged, which additionally consists of Christopher Lloyd and a remarkably sport James Caan as Helen’s love curiosity. Each of those stalwarts carry greater than charisma to their roles, and when the writing itself shows some snap (which admittedly isn’t that always) the performers chunk proper into it.

Queen Bees
Rated PG-13 for language, senior themes. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes. In theaters and obtainable to lease or purchase on Apple TV, Vudu and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.