Teatime Movie: Calendar Girls



A feel-good comedy based on the true story of a group of British housewives who became overnight celebrities by posing for a nude calendar and raising more than 500-thousand pounds for a new leukemia unit. Donations to cover the licensing fee gratefully accepted. Best friends Chris Harper (Helen Mirren) and Annie Clarke (Julie Walters), both members of the charitable Rylstone Women's Institute in North Yorkshire take action after Annie's husband John (John Alderton) succumbs to leukemia. They convince the group to craft a tastefully nude calendar featuring the usual ladies' activities of gardening and baking, as photographed by the young amateur Lawrence (Philip Glenister). Despite the disapproval of the Institute's leader Marie (Geraldine James), the calendar quickly becomes a best-seller and leads the group to Hollywood. Ciaran Hinds appears as Chris's husband Rod Harper. 2003, PG-13.