MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS – Review by T. J. Callahan

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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris: Where would I find the frocks?

A cleaning lady for London’s rich and famous yearns to own her own beautiful couture gown like
the ladies she works for, so she saves her hard earned shillings, flies to Paris and buys one
from the house of Dior. La fin. This story could very well end right here, but it’s Mrs. Harris’ path
to acquiring that frock that will warm your heart and make you smile.

Based on a novel set in 1957, the always wonderful Lesley Manville stars as the spunky Mrs.
Harris, a widow who lives frugally, bets on the Greyhounds and dreams of bigger things. One of
these days she’ll come out of the shadows and be seen for who she really is. Mrs. Harris is
Cinderella AND her own Fairy Godmother.

Mrs. Harris goes to Paris is a classic British chick flick with colorful characters, fun fashion,
perfectly polite people and snappy dialogue delivered in a sometimes hard to understand
Cockney accent. Manville and the equally brilliant Isabelle Huppert, in the same film, are worth
the price of admission alone, but along with the young and beautiful Alba Baptista and Lucas
Bravo, the age-old lesson to never judge a book by its cover goes down like a spoonful of sugar.

Yes, this film is overly sweet and wide-eyed at times as the thread seems to always end up
fitting through the needle, but Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris has a charming innocence we need right
now. A comic fairy tale that is oh sew magical. It gets a 7.5

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.