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June Squibb is out for revenge in a challenging adventure

June Squibb is out for revenge in a challenging adventure

“Old age is no place for sissies,” said Bette Davis.

Fortunately, 93-year-old Thelma (an indefatigable June Squibb) is not a softy. In a moment of confusion, the senior falls prey to an anonymous phone scammer and shells out more than $10,000 with his grandson Danny (The White Lotus(Fred Hechinger) is in trouble.

When Thelma learns she’s been cheated on, the widow takes a cue from some Tom Cruise action franchise and bypasses the police and her own overprotective family (Parker Posey and Clark Gregg, posing as Thelma’s nervous parents). Danny) to find the culprit at all costs. .

The ensuing adventure, involving a stolen motorized scooter, a reconnaissance expedition and a modest explosion, is more Mission: Unlikely that Impossible mission.

Yes, the premise is completely far-fetched, but who cares? Seeing the twinkle in Squibb’s eye as his character concocts a plan to right the wrong will register with anyone who has ever been underestimated or excluded.

June Squibb and Fred Hechinger in “Thelma.”

David Bolen


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One wonders why it took Hollywood so long to cast the charismatic Squibb, who is 94 years old in real life, in a leading film role. (It’s a first for the actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in the 2013 film. Nebraska.)

She is both funny and touching, and her scenes with Richard Roundtree, who plays Thelma’s discreet friend Ben, are all the more poignant given that he died last year at age 81. Thélma is the TREE the star’s last film role.

“We are old. Decreased,” Ben tells Thelma, trying to convince her to seek help. Decreases? No way.

Thélma is in theaters now.