Introducing the Dwights | Chicago Reader

Introducing the Dwights

Brenda Blethyn stars as a sharp-tongued nightclub comedienne who blames her loser ex-husband (Frankie J. Holden) for ruining her big break decades ago, when he spirited her from England to Australia. Now staring down middle age and caring for her grown disabled son, she relies heavily on her older boy (Khan Chittenden), an arrangement threatened by his blossoming affair with a spunky, lissome blond (Emma Booth). As their romance contrasts with the mother's fizzling career, Blethyn creates sympathy for a manipulative, prickly character who's struggling to redefine her roles onstage and off. Director Cherie Nowlan steers the comedy to a feel-good ending. Also known as Clubland. R, 106 min.

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