The Gist: Ms. Shepherd is a homeless woman living in a van who, facing mandatory removal from the street, is allowed to temporarily park in the driveway of a playwright. She ends up staying over 15 years, during which time the two develop a close, if withdrawn, friendship.
Inspired by real events, The Lady in the Van is well written and perfectly interpreted by Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings. The supporting cast is picture perfect as well.
The Bottom Line: Dealing with the hardships of homelessness with humor is no easy task, but this movie will make you laugh for all the right reasons and will ultimately leave you feeling good about Ms. Shepherd.