Thursday Movie Picks: Movies for Seniors / The Elderly

Thursday Movie Picks 2020

While this theme seems like a great way to ask my grandparents what they watch I feel like it’s also a strange way to say some movies are just for seniors. Granted there are some movies that fit into this theme but also I feel like my grandmother watches different things. She saw Wonder Woman and loved it so you’ll never know with seniors these days. Anyway I did go with something that I thought was like a fitting theme within a theme for this week. And since I’ve seen all three does that mean… I’m old!?

3. BECAUSE I SAID SO (2007)

This movie is widely hated and I don’t understand why. It’s cute, it’s a bit annoying but in a cute way. This has Diane Keaton in it and all three of my picks will have her in common. She is over 70 so her movies in my eyes fit into the demography of seniors. Plus all these three movies have something to do with romance and finding romance in an older age. Which I think is a nice concept and we should have more movies like this. Love can find us at any age and a lot of Keaton’s movies prove that. Because I Said So does focus more on Mandy Moore’s character but Keaton does get a solid side story.

2. BOOK CLUB (2018)

Being completely honest, this one is a bit of a hit or miss but there are charming moments and a killer cast. Book Club is about these older ladies coming together and reading 50 Shades of Grey. They enjoy it very much! I don’t remember much about it but I do remember there’s love stories going all around. Keaton’s character meets Andy Garcia’s character, the younger hot dude (I can’t believe Garcia is 10 years younger than Keaton, they both look great) and it’s just cute. I would think my grandmother will like it. Some jokes might miss her but that’s just cultural differences.

1. SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE (2003)

I left what I think is the best to last. Nancy Meyers was a few years ago my favourite female director. I just loved her romance movies and she always made these great movies for women. But with the trend of romance movies being on an all time low and Netflix making awful ones Meyers hasn’t been around much. Something’s Gotta Give does go down as one of her better ones though nothing comes close to The Holiday. Anyway, Keaton is here and trying to write while her daughter’s boyfriend (who is her age by the way) is in the same beach house. Jack Nicholson plays the playboy old guy and it’s just fun. I feel like these picks all have that in common because I don’t want my grandmother watching serious/sad/depressing things. She deserves movies that are fun and just entertaining!


THIS SERIES IS CREATED BY WANDERING THROUGH THE SHELVES

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  1. I don’t think your choice of these three means you’re old more that you’re a Diane Keaton fan. Me too. She made better pictures than any of these three (my favorite of her films is Baby Boom which was written by Nancy Meyers) but this lot are all entertaining to various degrees. I do wish she’d be offered a part commiserate with her talent though, most of her latter films are puffy nothings.

    I also went the lighter route in selecting my three. Dramas about ageing are important to be made but so many of them are slit your wrists depressing!

    Cocoon (1985)-A group of seniors in a Florida rest home stumble upon a swimming pool that because of an alien “cocoon” hidden within has become a fountain of youth. After taking a dip they are rejuvenated and have a great deal of fun during their second fling at being young. Don Ameche won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role.

    Out to Sea (1997)-Charlie and Herb (Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon) are retired long time friends. Schemer Charlie manages to convince Herb to take a cruise as a chance to meet women but what he doesn’t tell him is that they are to be dance instructors on board! Complications ensue!

    Louisa (1950)-Hal Norton (Ronald Reagan) suggests to his sweet but somewhat meddlesome mother Louisa (Spring Byington) that she should find some other interests outside their home when she gets too involved in the lives of his wife and kids. Louisa takes his advice and starts dating the local grocer Henry Hammond (Edmund Gwenn-Miracle on 34th Street’s Kris Kringle). All is well and good until Hal’s boss Abel Burnside (Charles Coburn) takes a fancy to her too and suddenly the Norton’s placid life takes a crazy turn with Louisa in the middle of a late life love triangle! Sweet film with delightful performances by the three leads.

    1. Ooh I love Baby Boom!! I would definitely have mentioned this but I went with more newer movies and tied in this romantic theme too.

  2. I went with what my mom liked and almost chose Dogma because she really liked it despite the swearing and the poo monster. I want to see Book Club even though I know it is not much going for it overall. Jane looks great in this meme while Mary Steenbergen took the face lift stuff waaayyy to much. I really like Something’s Gotta Give which is a romance with older people and it was done with flair.

  3. They enjoy it very much! I don’t remember much about it but I do remember there’s love stories going all around. Keaton’s character meets Andy Garcia’s character, the younger hot dude (I can’t believe Garcia is 10 years younger than Keaton, they both look great) and it’s just cute.

    1. I know!! Keaton looks so youthful and I JUST REMEMBERED in Something’s Gotta Give she is also linked with Keanu Reeves’ character for a bit!!! Can’t believe I didn’t mention that. 😀

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