||Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
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||A New York socialite gives increasingly ambitious operatic performances despite her limited ability as a singer. She is aided by her pianist who alters rhythm and key to suit her, and in the maintenance of the illusion of competence by her consort of many years, a former Shakesperian actor. But when she is to play Carnegie Hall how are they going to manage?
||Quite a bit of off key singing in a well crafted presentation of the Art Deco period with The Hammersmith Apollo standing in for Carnegie Hall. Two naked people are tastefully seen in bed. Some lighthearted scenes including a great party, to keep the thing moving.
||Apparently Meryl Streep and Simon Helberg do their own musical stuff, and Hugh Grant does his own dancing of the “Lindy Hop”. Dramatically it is a slim plot kept on line by the excellent performances, and typical Stephen Frears direction. Worth paying to see if you like that sort of thing.