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Poms is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Zara Hayes, starring Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston, Alisha Boe, Phyllis Somerville, Charlie Tahan, Bruce McGill, and Rhea Perlman. The film follows a group of women from a retirement home who decide to start a cheerleading squad. It was theatrically released in North America on May 10, 2019, by STX Entertainment.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byZara Hayes
Produced by
  • Rose Ganguzza
  • Celyn Jones
  • Sean Marley
  • Kelly McCormick
  • Ade Shannon
  • Andy Evans
Written by
  • Zara Hayes
  • Shane Atkinson
Music byDeborah Lurie
CinematographyTim Orr
Edited byAnnette Davey
Distributed bySTX Entertainment
Release date
  • May 10, 2019 (2019-05-10) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$10 million[1]
Box office$15.7 million[2]



Martha, a woman who is slowly dying of cancer, decides to move to a retirement community to die. Martha checks in and meets the supervisor of the community, who gives Martha a tour and explains that every resident must participate in an extracurricular activity. That night, Martha tries to sleep but is unable due to the loud noise coming from her neighbor, Sheryl’s house. Martha calls the community deputy to stop the noise. Sheryl and her party sneak into Martha’s house to evade the deputy. After a brief conversation, Sheryl convinces a very annoyed Martha to let her party there. From that night on, Sheryl becomes very interested in becoming Martha’s friend, inviting her to various meet and greets, which Martha ignores. After a little while, Martha gives in and she and Sheryl get to know each other better. Sheryl learns that when Martha was young she was a cheerleader but quit before her first game to take care of her ill mother. Sheryl convinces Martha to start a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, as the supervisor said that it was ok to start a club. Sheryl and Martha hold tryouts for the squad and pick several enthusiastic members Olive, and Alice. proving that it is never too late to follow your dreams.



In July 2016, it was announced Zara Hayes would direct the film, from a story written by Hayes and Shane Atkinson and a screenplay by Atkinson. Nick Meyer, Rose Ganguzza, Celyn Jones, Kelly McCormick and Andy Evans serve as producers on the film, while Meyer Schaberg and Marc Schaberg will serve as executive producers, under their Sierra/Affinity, Mad as Birds Films and Rose Pictures banners, respectively.[3] In May 2017, Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver joined the cast of the film.[4] In July 2018, Pam Grier, Rhea Perlman, Celia Weston, Phyllis Somerville, Alisha Boe, Charlie Tahan and Bruce McGill joined the cast of the film.[5]

Principal photography began in July 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia.[6][7][8][9]


In November 2018, STX Entertainment acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film for $8–9 million.[10] It was released in the United States on May 10, 2019.[11]


Box officeEdit

In the United States and Canada, Poms was released alongside Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Tolkien and The Hustle, was projected to gross $7–10 million from 2,700 theaters in its opening weekend.[12] The film made $1.5 million on its first day, including $225,000 from Thursday night previews. It ended up under-performing, debuting to just $5.4 million and finishing in sixth.[1] In its second weekend the film dropped 61% to $2.1 million, finishing ninth.[13]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 34% based on 73 reviews, with an average rating of 4.86/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "While the cast is something to cheer about, Poms squanders its talented stars on a clichéd comedy that disrespects the demographic it's trying to celebrate."[14] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 36 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[15] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported women over 25 (who made up 63% of the opening weekend demographic) gave it an 81% positive score.[1]


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  10. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (November 4, 2018). "AFM Biggie: STX Swoops On U.S. Rights To Comedy 'Poms' With Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (January 10, 2019). "Diane Keaton's Cheerleader Comedy 'Poms' Set for Mother's Day Weekend". Variety. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  12. ^ Jeremy Fuster (May 7, 2019). "Will 'Detective Pikachu' Be Super Effective Against Disney's Box-Office Domination?". TheWrap. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  13. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (May 19, 2019). "'John Wick: Chapter 3' Takes Out 'Avengers' With $56M+ Opening, But 'Endgame' Bests 'Avatar' As 2nd Highest Grossing Pic Ever At Domestic B.O." Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
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