Shirley Valentine is a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband’s chip’n’egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like and feels she’s stagnated and in a rut. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.
Wonderful Shirley speaks for us all…
Shirley Valentine Pauline Collins is my hero. So is Shirley Valentine. They really are. I’m not kidding you. And I am man. This movie speaks to me, even so.
We all have dreams that have not been realized. We all need Shirley’s courage to do as much as we can to live these dreams before we go off to the other place.
This movie taught me about life. It’s not too late to be happy, to be in love, to smile every day and mean it. No matter what age you are.
Conti is charming and it is a shame we don’t see him much anymore. He offers us a type of romantic hero we will never find in a Tom, Hanks or Cruise…too bad.
Joanna Lumley brings a special charm to her meeting with Shirley. Julia Mackenzie is especially good as her annoying friend.
Willy Russell cooked up a wonderful script from the wonderful play. Lewis Gilbert put it all together and worked hard to make us smile.
If you don’t fall in love with this movie, you’ll need a swift kick. Don’t look at me. You’ll have to give it to yourself. That’s the magic and wonder of Shirley Valentine. She taught me how to kick myself into living!
Thank you, Shirley. Thank you, Pauline, Bill, Willy and Lewis. Greece here I come next year