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With: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Joseph Gilgun, Andrew Scott, Ben Schnetzer, Chris Overton, Faye Marsay, Freddie Fox, Jessica Gunning, Joshua Hill, Lisa Palfrey, Liz White, Monica Dolan, Menna Trussler
Written by: Stephen Beresford
Directed by: Matthew Warchus
MPAA Rating: R for language and brief sexual content
Running Time: 120
Date: 09/26/2014

Pride (2014)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Lately, it seems that every couple of months we get a new movie in The Full Monty mode: a sweet U.K. comedy-drama about plucky working-class folks who do something terribly out of the ordinary to save the community; in the process, several of the stuffier characters usually learn to lighten up and love life. Directed by Matthew Warchus (whose only other film is the forgotten, 15 year-old Simpatico), Pride is probably one of the better examples, leaning less toward cuteness a bit more toward earnestness.

Based, as these things often are, on a true story, the movie tells of an extended miner's strike in Wales in 1984. A gay activist (Ben Schnetzer) theorizes that the miners are treated the same way gays and lesbians are, so they pitch in to help, with the predictable friction and warm fuzzies resulting. George MacKay plays the shy newcomer into this world, and veterans Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy, and Imelda Staunton bring some genuine dignity.

Warchus and screenwriter Stephen Beresford spend perhaps too long handing out life lessons to a large number of colorful characters, but the even-handed and sympathetic direction, and a respect for place and time, helps win the fight.

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