Within the last three weeks, both of our beloved Bumbles have turned 40 (Happy Birthday Molly and Andy!). Welcome to middle age! As they face the second half of their lives, they thought it might be fun to talk about movies that focus on aging or being elderly this week. Make sure you check out their post...they have listed some goodies...On Golden Pond, Grumpy Old Men, Driving Miss Daisy. Here are a few that I enjoy:
1. The Bucket List - this movie was a topic of discussion just last week between me and my BFF, and it has one of the best lines ever. "Never trust a fart". Truer words have never been spoken!
2. Cocoon - officially Cocoon isn't about aging, but cheating the aging process, but once you've seen this movie, it is hard to forget the image of a group of guys in their 70's and 80's frolicking around like teenagers. 117 minutes of pure delight!
3. Ikiru - I've mentioned this one before because it is an undiscovered treasure. An grumpy, elderly man discovers he has terminal cancer and decides to take stock in his life, change his ways and leave a legacy. I didn't expect to be so moved.
4. The Straight Story - I talk about this one now and again as well, because it is just so darned wonderful. A determined elderly man decides he isn't getting any younger and wants to make amends with his brother. So he rigs up his John Deere mower and travels across several states, making friends and making a difference in people's lives along the way.
5. A Christmas Carol - To me, this is just another way to tell the same story told in Ikiru: Change your curmudgeonish ways before it is too late!
6. Orphan - I'm not going to explain this one, because it would be a spoiler. But this terrifying movie does have something to do with the aging process, and scares the pee out of you along the way.
So what are your favorite old-person movies? Funny, when I was a kid, I thought 44 was ancient. The definition of old keeps changing, doesn't it?