While the audience scores aren’t so great for this film, the critics seem to love “Gloria Bell,” which was released to rental outlets this week.
Gloria (Moore, “The Hours” and “The Kids are All Right”) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles, according to the film’s production company.
After meeting Arnold (John Turturro, “Quiz Show” and “O Brother Where Art Thou”) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity and family.
The film isn’t flashy — showing instead, the regular life of an over-50 woman — which makes it resonate with women in that position.
Other actors starring in the film include Rita Wilson (“Runaway Bride” and “Jingle All the Way”), Michael Cera (“Juno” and “Superbad”), Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Christopher Robin”) and Sean Astin (“Goonies” and “Lord of the Rings”).
Top Critc Adam Graham with “The Detroit News” said, “Moore digs in and finds the intricacies in her character. She’s not showy, but she turns in an honest, understated performance that all comes together in a joyous, melancholy, liberating dance set to Laura Branigan’s ‘Gloria.’”
Top Critic Moira MacDonald with “The Seattle Times” said, “You can see Gloria’s bad decisions coming from across the street, but it doesn’t matter: The pleasure of ‘Gloria Bell,’ whether or not you’ve seen ‘Gloria,’ is watching Moore wrap herself in the role like a soft shawl.”
The film has a certified fresh 91 percent rating on rottentomatoes.com.
This film is rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use.
Other films released to rental outlets this week include:
n “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral,” directed by Tyler Perry and starring Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely and Jen Harper. A joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly plan a funeral, which threatens to reveal sordid family secrets.
This film is rated PG-13 for crude sexual content, language, and drug references throughout
n “The Kid,” directed by Vincent D’Onofrio and starring Ethan Hawks, Dane DeHaan and Chris Pratt. In this Western, a young boy, Rio, is forced to go on the run across the American Southwest in a desperate attempt to save his sister from his villainous uncle. Along the way, he encounters Sheriff Pat Garret on the hunt for the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid. Rio finds himself increasingly entwined in the lives of these two legendary figures as the cat and mouse game of Billy the Kid’s final year of life plays out.
This film is rated R for violence and language.
n “J.T. LeRoy,” directed by Justin Kelly and starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and Diane Kruger. In this true story, a young woman spends years playing the public role of Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, an enigmatic and celebrated literary persona created by her sister-in-law.
This film is rated R for language throughout, sexual content and brief nudity.
The synopsis for each movie was taken from rottentomatoes.com.