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Gloria Movie Review

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In Gloria, Paulina García stars as a lonely "woman of a certain age" who spends her night at singles' dance clubs seeking companionship. There she meets a dude who meets her needs physically and emotionally, until she realizes the dude may not be the perfect man she thinks he is.

Because dudes can be assholes sometime.

Well acted and surprisingly engaging, Gloria is a fun, easy-to-watch drama that does a lot with a little. There is nothing groundbreaking about the movie, and in reality I will probably forget it ever existed a few months from now, but that's not to say the movie doesn't accomplish its goal: to tell the story of an aging woman who must come to grips with her own loneliness.

García is excellent in the title role and singlehandedly carries the movie on her shoulders. Not much more needs to be said there. Sergio Hernández is also solid as "the dude," though, to no fault of his, I didn't always understand his character's actions. Dudes can be assholes, but he strikes some pretty low blows.

Thankfully, Gloria gets her revenge in the end, and it is well worth the wait (or you could just watch the movie trailer, because the scene is shown there, too).

Gloria is a good movie, certainly better than this movie review, though its subtitles and subdued storytelling approach won't appeal to everyone.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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