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Rated PG-13 · 104 minutes · 2016

Comedy drama
The story of a homeless harridan (Maggie Smith) squatting in the London driveway of successful playwright Alan Bennett (portrayed by actor Alex Jennings) in her ratty van for fifteen years may not sound like a joyous, poignant, comic-dramatic experience. But it is, thanks to the real-life Bennett’s screenplay (based on his hit stage show), the direction of Nicholas Hytner, and the inspired play-acting of Smith and Jennings. Veteran scene-stealer Smith is so overpowering as the cantankerous Miss Shepherd that it takes awhile to realize how good Jennings is as the kind-hearted Bennett, but they’re both brilliant – the perfect foil for the perfect dominatrix. The ace supporting cast includes Jim Broadbent, Gwen Taylor, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Deborah Findlay, and Dominic Cooper (103 min.).
Official Site: sonyclassics.com/theladyinthevan
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Producer: Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader, Christine Langan, Ed Wethered, Miles Ketley and Charles Moore
Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Deborah Findlay, Frances de la Tour, Gwen Taylor, Jim Broadbent, David Calder, James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Russell Tovey, Samuel Barnett, Geoffrey Streatfield, Clare Hammond and Samuel Anderson

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