I had my doubts in the beginning ---- even though I adore Dame (and incomparable) Maggie Smith, Dame Judith Dench, Celia Imerie (I LOVE his woman!), Tom Williamson, Bill Nighy & Mr. Pickup... whose first name eludes me at the moment ---- but, it turned out quite well. I gave in to the urge to watch it one more time before my rental expired. I found I enjoyed it even more. Owning the movie, I now watch it.... of course, only in order to show others who have not seen it(!) ..... often. Great film! Charming, witty, funny, sad --- to the point of tears in two deserving scenes ---- romantic. Speaking from experience ---- the film offers an intelligent and spot-on(!) telling of the physical, psychological, sexual and often tragic results of not having died yet! Many of those close to 'the elderly (or much worse..... elderly AND infirm (and it takes so little to be labeled "infirm" after having been labeled "elderly!") in geographic proximity and by genetic (family) bonds ---- make no effort to conceal their opinion that you have out lived your usefulness and your necessity, i.e. you are no longer wanted or needed.... you are, bluntly, no more than a nuisance... at best; At worst: You are an unwanted dilemma to be dealt with, straining the patience of the ones you carried & cared for (physically and financially), raised, and brought into adulthood ---- or what passes for adulthood today. This film addresses this in an easily understandable manner ..... so that everyone can grasp the truth. There is also a youthful romance that crosses class boundaries.... which in India seem to be even more ridiculous and unkind than in the US and, apparently, Britain. SO it is a film the young and the not-so-young can enjoy. Highly recommended. The cast alone makes this film worth a look! (The cast is why I watched in the first place ----- I adore them all ---- but, the British ladies of the cast ( I am shamed by not being able to remember the names of two of the ladies) are among the best in their profession --- the best of yesterday, today, and ---- without a doubt! ---- tomorrow! Go Girls!