Writer Willy Russell somehow gets right inside the mind of a bored housewife in 1980's Liverpool. This film is hilarious at times, many times, but also gives hope to the main character, Shirley Valentine, that she has got the strength to change her life and become "Shirley the brave, Shirley Valentine". I could watch this movie again and again and still be brought to tears at the end. Pauline Collins really is Shirley Valentine !! She brings comedy and great strength to the role. Amazing film that all women worldwide should see.