Story shows you're never too old to cheer

Jacki Weaver, left, and Diane Keaton star in Poms (Supplied)

Poms is a British-American comedy about a group of women in a retirement community who form a cheerleading squad. Source: ACOFB.

The title is intended as a friendly form of slang, or refers to what cheerleaders typically swirl. The film is based loosely on a story written by the film’s director, Zara Hayes, and Shane Atkinson.

Martha (Diane Keaton) moves into a retirement community, in the US state of Georgia, with an illness she describes as “waiting to die” and is befriended by fellow resident, Sheryl (Jackie Weaver). The pair decide to set up a cheerleading squad to get residents involved and invigorated, and they manage to recruit Olive (Pam Grier), Alice (Rhea Perlman), and five others.

The venture succeeds admirably, and the squad swings into dancing and rhythmic interaction, becoming a force of positive change for community friendship among a small group of retirees who are wanting much more meaning in their lives.

Martha’s enthusiasm for the cheerleading cause brings her to the point of thinking her small band of retirees might perhaps be good enough to enter a competition, which they do.

This is a film that is geared for seniors, and has been made to entertain viewers who place themselves firmly in that category. The plot is not a little unlike the recent film, Swimming with Men, where an ageing group of men bond together, then enter a swimming competition for synchronised swimming.

Diane Keaton and Australia’s own Jackie Weaver interact with ease together and bring seasoned character-playing skills to their parts.

– Reviewed by Peter W. Sheehan, ACOFB

Poms: Starring Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, and Rhea Perlman. Directed by Zara Hayes. Rated PG (Mild sexual references and coarse language). 90 min.

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