The amiable “Finding Your Feet” is a harmless love story for the AARP set. This formulaic and overly sentimental film is a feel-good tragedy of sorts, a tame, bittersweet movie that mom and grandma will love.
On the eve of a celebration at her stately home, uptight socialite Sandra (Imelda Staunton) discovers her husband of 35 years making out with a younger woman in the wine cellar. Devastated with nowhere to turn, she shows up at her estranged sister Elizabeth’s (Celia Imrie) doorstep. The two haven’t spoken in years and they couldn’t be more different. Elizabeth (a.k.a. “Bif”) is an eccentric free-spirit who wants to save the world and celebrate life at every turn, while Sandra is reserved and unhappy with the life she’s chosen. The two spend a week at odds until Sandra agrees to join her sister at a community dance class where she meets handyman Charlie (Timothy Spall), widower Ted (David Hayman), and the confident Jackie (Joanna Lumley), and begins to “find her feet” again in more ways than one.
There are a few age-related misfortunes within the story but most everything is kept light and breezy. This is a cast full of delightful and entertaining actors who play charming working class folk with authentic ease. Their relationships and everyday joys and disappointments feel real. These are characters you’ll grow to care deeply for in a short amount of time.
The plot is sometimes implausible and frequently predictable, crowded with every chestnut in grandpa’s back pocket. The inspirational biggies are all here: taking a leap of faith, becoming a free woman instead of a kept lady, and finding your footing in life before it’s too late. Most prominent is a theme that may offer a gentle nudge to the retirees who see this film to ‘get busy living or get busy dying.’
This is senior citizen catnip that younger people can also enjoy, although the message to seize the day may not resonate as strongly with those under 60.