Age has its privileges. And one of those is to choose to appear in, and seemingly have a splendid time doing it, a vehicle as slight as “Quartet.”
Maggie Smith, she of the raised eyebrow and smiling sneer, stars in “Quartet,” an appealing but predictable comedy set in an old folks home for retired musicians in England.
The film marks the honorable directing debut of Dustin Hoffman, now 75 -- making good on the adage that it’s never too late. (The film opens in Los Angeles for a week on Friday, Dec. 7, for an Oscar-qualifying run, and then will be released in New York on Jan. 11, and later elsewhere.)
Screenwriter Ronald Harwood adapted the movie from his own...