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Been Rich All My Life

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Time Out says

In the theater, there is a fairly consistent truth: Chorus girls have seen it all. As such, the group of former Harlem showgirls captured in this documentary—all but one are octogenarians—form a predictably feisty set who still perform as the tap-dancing Silver Belles. While there are plenty of charming moments (as choreographer Mercedes Ellington aptly notes, “They are a very flirty group”), the film’s structure is disorganized—not good when the subjects are prone to rambling. Sharper questions and better editing would have helped, but director Heather Lyn MacDonald doesn’t seem to have enough of a grasp on dance history to do more than scratch the surface. The film’s heart, handled with sassy humor and startling frankness, is the aging process. (Opens Fri; Quad.) — Gia Kourlas

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