Maurice (Peter O'Toole) and Ian (Leslie Phillips
) are a pair of veteran actors who never quite hit the big time. Now in their "golden years", they continue to work, although the jobs are far from glamorous. But their comfortable routine and witty banter over breakfast in a favorite cafe is disrupted by the arrival of Ian's grand-niece Jessie (Jodie Whittaker
Jessie quickly tries her great-uncle Ian's patience, but Maurice is absolutely taken with the young woman and proceeds to show her the cultural sights of London. As Maurice tries to give Jessie the benefit of his experience, he is surprised to discover how very little he actually knows about himself now that his life is drawing to a close. Jessie, who had arrived with an enormous chip on her shoulders, slowly learns from Maurice the value of respect for herself as well as others.