Good Luck to You, Leo Grande: Oscar Winner Emma Thompson Stars as Repressed Widow (Sundance Fest 2022)

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

Oscar winner Emma Thompson stars as a repressed widow who hires a sex worker to help her discover what all the fuss over orgasms is about in director Sophie Hyde’s dramedy.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a didactically affirming, immensely likable British serio-comedy, which is more issue- than character-driven.

The tale features Emma Thompson as a prim, widowed, high-school religious studies teacher who hires Daryl McCormack’s sex worker for a date, hoping to have an orgasm for the first time ever.

This sensitively performed two-hander, written by British comedian Katy Brand and directed by Australian Sophie Hyde (Animals52 Tuesdays), presents a sex-positive portrait of a client-escort relationship, but with a female customer for a change.

Although older female viewers would seem to be the film’s obvious target, other demographics should also find it interesting.