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The Chaperone (2019)

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Critic Consensus: The Chaperone is inspired by a potentially interesting real-life story, but loses its sharpest and timeliest angles in the telling.

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Louise Brooks the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn't break, epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15 year-old student in Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother (Victoria Hill) insists there be a chaperone. Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer. Why does this utterly conventional woman do this? What happens to her when she lands in Manhattan with an unusually rebellious teenager as her ward? And, which of the two women is stronger, the uptight wife-and-mother or the irrepressible free spirit? It's a story full of surprises--about who these women really are, and who they eventually become.

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If "The Chaperone" accomplishes anything, that will be to send viewers scrambling to Google to learn more about this extraordinary woman.

November 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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I'm not an Elizabeth McGovern completist, but it may be the best thing she's ever done.

November 21, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Chaperone" is like telling the Tiger Woods story by choosing to focus on his first caddy. Sure, it's a way in, but unless that caddy has a really good story, what are we doing here?

May 10, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Norma's story, as handmaid to greatness, inevitably ends up feeling like we've explored a pleasant tributary, rather than the mainstream.

April 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Between the speakeasies, the orphanages, the sexual energy, and the general air of corset-loosening, the movie should throb and thrum. It doesn't.

April 19, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Despite the best efforts of McGovern et al., The Chaperone is lightweight trifle.

April 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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