GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE is a fascinating film starring only two actors for 99% of the story. Nancy (Emma Thompson) and Leo (Daryl McCormack) are magnetic, lusty, raw, and honest beyond words. 

The entire movie mostly takes place in a hotel room, yet there is no time for boredom. The dialogue is rapid-fire and awkward all at the same time. Your heart aches for Nancy and her quest for sexual enlightenment while being mesmerized by Leo’s hot, “puppy-dog” eyes. They are an unlikely duo, but their timing, pacing, and acting skills work exceptionally well together. 

The writers created a truthful, intimate peek at what women worry about as they age. The silences spoke volumes. These two souls were conflicted and connected. I can compare one of the scenes to Viola Davis’s famous make-up removal in the TV series HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. Opening a simple terry robe was braver than I ever expected. Women’s bodies, wrinkles, sagging muscles, and deep lines are real. Bravo, Emma Thompson. You are beautiful. 

GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE, was a strong, well-done movie. It reinforced that “sexual fulfillment makes you feel invincible and powerful.”  All I can say now is, “I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR.”

It is available to stream on HULU. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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