Robert’s Reviews – Poms

Hello Clever People! Welcome to my review for the Diane Keaton lead dramedy Poms. This film follows the story of 8 older women that start a cheerleading club in their retirement home, which instigates conflict, friendships, and love. Click the video below to watch the review.

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 16-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to theclevercritics.com.
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17 Responses

  1. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    You stated pretty much what I expected of this movie – a chick flick for us “mature” women. I’ll probably watch it when it comes on DISH – alone, without my husband. Thanks, Robert.

  2. Avatar Eleanor Townsend says:

    Thanks, Robert, you always have insightful reviews. p.s. My favorite Diane Keaton movie would be ‘First Wives Club’

    Looking forward to your review of Rocketman, which I do plan to go see (and maybe Yesterday?)

  3. Robert, you made me laugh when you observed that one of the reasons this movie didn’t appeal to you is that you’re a teenage boy. True!

    But I’m a woman of a certain age and I wasn’t a fan of it, either. I wouldn’t see it again, and I can’t say I’d necessarily recommend it, however, it was exactly what the doctor ordered for the three of us to see on Mother’s Day. It was silly, uncomplicated and did have some funny moments. But you’re right … the characters were one-dimensional, which was a shame.

    I’ll bet the biggest side effect of this movie will be the booming sales in fireworks burials. (Appeals to me. 🙂

    My favorite Diane Keaton movie: “Something’s Gotta Give.”

    Thank you, Robert, for your awesome reviews, even of movies that you’re not looking forward to. We appreciate you!

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      Which reminds me of when Robert was reviewing Oscar nominees one year but hadn’t seen one of them because he was too young.

  4. Avatar Linda Cooper says:

    Hey, Robert. Your engagement with movies, and reviewing them, continue to inspire me. I’m listening.

  5. Avatar Linda Cooper says:

    Whoops, forgot. Favorite Diane Keaton movie? Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall.”

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      “Annie Hall” is masterful filmmaking. But that movie—and even more-so “Manhattan”—are more than a little creepy 3-4 decades removed.

  6. Avatar erin friedman says:

    I appreciate your views, Robert. It doesn’t sound like my kind of film — though I heard an older lady rave about it the other day.
    “Annie Hall” was my favorite film for many years — though, I have to agree with Steven — we watched it recently and discovered it hasn’t aged well. Or is it me who…..Ack….No, it’s definitely the film.

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      “Sixteen-year-old twins, Alvy. Imagine the mathematical possibilities.” —Alvy’s L.A. buddy, probably 45 or so, after having to break a date with said twins in order to bail Alvy out of jail.

      Screenplay by Woody Allen, of course.

  7. Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

    I had never heard of “Poms,” The basic premise alone makes me cringe.

    My wife insisted we watch “Wine Country” on Netflix the other night. It’s about a group of 50-ish women celebrating one’s 50th birthday in Napa Valley. There were a few laughs—Tina Fey’s deadpan take as the group’s Airbnb host was a spot-on spoof of a prosperous but studiously unpretentious NorCal gal was the standout—but by the end of the movie I though I was going into contact menopause.

    • Avatar Cathy Allen says:

      “Contact menopause” made me chuckle! Ha!

    • I agree with you, Steve, about “Wine Country”. I was so disappointed because it had a decent cast, and I had higher hopes for it. Oh well.

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      Steve, we have two Netflix accounts and my wife likes watching “mature” women movies of which there are several. I tend to watch BBC crime movies and Zombie movies. I can definitely see Walking Dead copycats but some are really different especially those in other countries.

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        We’re really tired of Walking Dead. For us, it has outlived it’s freshness and needs to wrap up. If Rick was spirited away in a helicopter, there’s obviously normal life somewhere. Just let us know what caused the plague, fix it, and let what’s left of the original cast return to civilization.

        • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

          The Rain, Zombieland(woody harrelson comedy), The Zoo, Silence are all good zombie like movies as well as Korean Train to Busan.

          • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

            Had no idea what we were getting into, but we chuckled all the way through Zombieland. Funny flick.