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The Lady in the Van

This cute 'n' cozy comedy is based on Alan Bennett's 1989 play—which was, in turn, based on something that actually happened to him. For 15 years a cranky homeless woman lived in a van in Bennett's driveway. Here, Dame Maggie Smith stars as the titular "lady," Miss Shepherd. Alex Jennings (The Queen, Babel) plays Bennett, the flummoxed intellectual who develops a strange kinship with his course, opinionated semi-houseguest. The film was shot in the actual house in Camden Town where it took place, giving it a distinctly British veracity. 104 minutes PG-13.