SENIOR MOMENT – Review by Susan Granger

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Hard to believe but William Shatner turned 90 on March 22nd – and in this mildly amusing rom-com, he’s still as flirty and frisky as ever.

Set in Palm Springs, California, the plot revolves around Victor Martin (Shatner), a retired NASA test pilot, who loves to cruise around the desert oasis in his pristine, eye-catching ‘50s Porsche 356 Continental, often accompanied by his best friend Sal (Christopher Lloyd).

At night, he’s honorary “host” at Captain Hook’s, a local piano bar, where he jokes with the guys and makes lecherous passes at scantily-clad women young enough to be his granddaughter, even great-granddaughter.

Complications arise when a local “cholo,” Pablo (Carlos Miranda), in a lowrider challenges him to drag race. Eager to engage, Victor doesn’t notice the police car lurking around the corner, so soon he’s in court, where the judge impounds his car and takes away his driver’s license until he can pass the DMV test in a month.

After years of proclaiming, “Only losers ride the bus,” Victor’s stuck with taxis, Ubers or even walking. Eventually he stumbles onto a bus where he meets bohemian Caroline (Jean Smart), owner of the Cuckoo Café.

Although superficially they’re not compatible – she’s a strictly organic hippie while he’s heavily into junk food, like packaged Honey Buns – until she seduces him with her homemade strudel.

As the amiable plot meanders forward, Caroline’s also avid about raising money to benefit Saving the Desert Tortoise, aided and abetted by her young, handsome artist friend (Esai Morales), whom Victor considers a rival for her affections.

Sketchily scripted by Kurt Brungardt and Christopher Momenee, it’s unevenly directed by Giogio Serafini. Shapely bikini model Katrina Bowden (“30 Rock”) wanders in and out of a few scenes.

FYI: previously, Shatner and Lloyd appeared together in “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984).

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Senior Moment” is a goofy, nostalgic 6 – for geriatric “Star Trek” fans. Streaming for rent/purchase on Fandango, Vudu, Prime Video and Apple TV.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.