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Gloria is a free-spirited divorcee 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. After meeting Arnold 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.
Drama Romantic - This comedy/drama is a big showcase for Julianne Moore, who gets to
be both serious and a little silly. John Turturro has a prominent
supporting role while other familiar faces such as Michael Cera,
Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Brad Garrett have much smaller roles. Women,
in particular older ones, are the target audience. Language, drugs,
and sexual content make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: 10 F-words; 2 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Shooting with a paintball gun. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic lines and situations, sometimes suggestive.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Gloria Bell has no deeper themes or motives beyond documenting a slice of the main character's life. Fortunately, she's the kind of person who's worth spending 100-odd minutes with. Simply directed but rich in detail, the movie builds to a final scene that offers the perfect way to close this chapter of the title character's life.
Roger EbertFull Review Good In some moments, "Gloria Bell" is almost an exact recreation of the original, in shot construction and edit choices, even in dialogue,...but there's enough freshness in the approach that makes "Gloria" a unique experience, funny and a little bit messy. The mess feels real.
USA TodayFull Review Good Julianne Moore shoots and scores – as well as laughs, cries, smokes, drinks, flies and sings – in the quirky "Gloria Bell,” which minds a fine line between in-depth character study and offbeat romantic comedy. Along the way, there's heartbreak and humor, and the latter comes in unexpected places...
NY PostFull Review Excellent ... a glorious celebration of Julianne Moore at her peak. Gloria navigates the indignities of aging — eye problems, chin hairs — while unapologetically pursuing a post-divorce life. She frequents a nightclub that favors disco, and sparks a romance with John Turturro's Arnold, still tethered to his ex and grown kids.
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