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Ellen Burstyn wants ‘Queen Bees’ audiences to embrace life at any ageEllen Burstyn wants ‘Queen Bees’ audiences to embrace life at any age

Age has nothing on passion.

Actress Ellen Burstyn learns as much in Michael Lembeck’s “Queen Bees,” playing now in theaters and on demand, in the role of a widow who begrudgingly (and temporarily) relocates to a retirement community while her home is being repaired.

“I’m 88, so it’s not like there are a lot of films written for actresses who are 88,” Burstyn laughed during an interview with the Daily News. “Now, of course, I’m not 88 in the film. … And there are very few films written or being produced for characters like” those in the film.

The “Alice

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Ellen Burstyn Leads an All-Star Cast Determined to Elevate Meh MaterialEllen Burstyn Leads an All-Star Cast Determined to Elevate Meh Material

A love story set in a retirement home is a sweet premise, and when you stack the cast with greats like Ellen Burstyn, James Caan, Jane Curtin, Ann-Margret, Christopher Lloyd, and Loretta DeVine, greatness is expected. But in director MIchael Lembeck’s “Queen Bees,” the overly simplistic nature of the script becomes both pragmatic and detrimental, never allowing any character the depth they are owed while providing just enough of a formulaic plot, one that asks nothing more than for you to enjoy the ensemble.

Helen (Burstyn) is an independent woman in her 80s whose daughter Laura (Elizabeth Mitchell, “Lost”) and

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