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Review: 'Made in Dagenham' is Your Standard Pre-Oscar Crowd Pleaser

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • November 18, 2010 3:45 AM
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Unlike its bold heroines, "Made in Dagenham" doesn't break any new ground. But just because it's treading the familiar waters of "Norma Rae," "The Full Monty," and director Nigel Cole's own "Calendar Girls" and "Saving Grace," doesn't mean that it's not an enjoyable diversion, particularly if you're looking for something to watch with the middle-aged woman in your life. "Made in Dageham" is inspiring in that (wo)man-against-the-world sort of way, and its talent and historical basis are compelling enough that you don't have to feel guilty. Sally Hawkins (so great in "Happy-Go-Lucky" and, well, everything) is sympathetic but strong as Rita O'Grady, an amalgam of several women who led the strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, England in the 1960s.

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