Notes on a Scandalous Film, Xtra West #352, February 14, 2007

I can’t believe Notes on a Scandal is up for four Academy Awards. Can I just say that I totally hated it?

For those of you who haven’t seen it, Barbara (Judi Dench) is a bitter, frumpy woman obsessed with lovely young Sheba (Cate Blanchett). When Barbara finds out that Sheba is having sex with a teenage boy, she offers herself up as a confidante in hopes of getting closer to Sheba. But her manipulation escalates into blackmail, as Barbara becomes desperate to have Sheba as her “friend.”