Poms is an old-school situational comedy a couple of group of grandmas reliving their youth by forming a cheerleading squad. While this isn’t excessive idea, it gives sufficient steam to take us on an hour and a half journey of friendship and feminine bonding.
Martha (Diane Keaton) has joined Sun Springs retirement neighborhood to “die,” as she places it. Despite her finest intentions to shirk friendship and simply slip away quietly, she befriends her sultry neighbor Sheryl (Jacki Weaver), who’s dissatisfied at first to have yet one more feminine on the block. Despite their banter, they quickly turn into buddies and dig right down to certainly one of Martha’s greatest disappointments in life – the truth that when she was youthful she needed to give up the cheerleading staff as a result of her mom was in poor health.
Martha decides to set out on her closing journey of a lifetime: to place collectively a cheerleading squad comprised of aged ladies residing in her retirement neighborhood that wish to reside out their very own unfulfilled childhood fantasies of being on the cheerleading staff. While overcoming the most important obstacles of their getting older our bodies, in addition to not being taken critically, the brand new crew hires a younger cheerleader Chloe (Alisha Boe) to show them a routine to carry out in competitors. As the ladies observe their desires, they have to study what it means to be a cheerleader, which is to be a member of a staff that works collectively.
Most notably, this group of grandmas turned cheerleaders is comprised of former Hollywood bombshells, who’re stunning in their very own manner even throughout their twilight years. Even although there’s not a lot room within the script for any genuinely tender moments, the actors all deliver their ‘A’ game and put sufficient nuanced expertise into the dialogue to persuade us that they’re good buddies. What might have been a complete catastrophe is averted solely on the expertise of the actors. While Poms might simply have been unlikeable, there’s one thing simply candy sufficient about it to take a deep breath and maintain shifting on.
Writer and director Zara Hayes places in some stable work on her first narrative function, but it surely looks like she’s going off a standard playbook reasonably than including her personal artistic stamp. Screenwriter Shane Atkinson doesn’t create a singular story however borrows his tropes from each different underdog sports activities film. The impact is like watching an previous childhood favourite that you may just about mouth the phrases to, although you’re not fairly certain why you ever appreciated it, apart from its familiarity.
An viewers searching for the laugh-out-loud humor that features gross-out gags and over-the-top inappropriate lewd conduct of most fashionable comedies could also be sorely dissatisfied. But Poms will take up just a bit little bit of candy house someplace within the forgettable unconsciousness that can depart most viewers feeling happy, even when they’re not fairly certain why.