Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2015 Films with Aging Themes

Photo by Bit50s.
It's tempting to claim that Hollywood ignores the over 50 crowd.

However, I find that a number of films do focus on the concerns of people in the second half of life.

These might be quieter films that fill fewer seats than action-packed movies or rom-coms featuring twentysomethings.

Nevertheless, mature movie goers can see actors in leading roles who look like them.

So grab your popcorn bowl and remote control and enjoy the following films--listed by release date.

See last year's list: 2014 Films with Aging Themes


The Rewrite. Marisa Tomei and Hugh Grant star as student and teacher both looking to start a new chapter of their lives at midlife. Released February 13, 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  The further adventures of British retirees in India includes Richard Gere cast as a new arrival. Released March 6, 2015

Danny Collins. An aging rocker, played by Al Pacino, resists changing his risky behavior until he receives a letter penned by John Lennon. Released April 10, 2015

Woman in Gold. Helen Mirren plays an octogenarian working to regain lost art and a sense of justice after the crimes committed by Nazis in Germany.  Released April 10, 2015

Age of Adeline.  Blake Lively is Adeline, a woman lives for decades without aging past the appearance of a 29 year old.  Released April 24, 2015

Iris (Apfel).  This documentary celebrates the fashion icon Iris Apfel (b. 1921).  Released April 29, 2015  Review

5 Flights Up. Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman star as a couple who review key scenes from their 40 year marriage. Released May 8, 2015

I'll See You in My Dreams.  Blythe Danner plays a mature woman who decides to embrace the opportunities of life.  Released May 15, 2015

Love & Mercy.  Paul Dano and John Cuzak portray Beach Boy genius Brian Love in this biopic. Released June 19, 2015  Review

Manglehorn. Al Pacino plays a reclusive older man who is drawn out of his shell by a kind bank teller, Dawn--played by Holly Hunter. Released June 19, 2015.

Mr. Holmes. Ian McKellen portrays Sherlock Holmes in late life.  The great sleuth reviews an unsolved case and in the process, he evaluates his life.  Released July 24, 2015.  Review

Ricki and the Flash. Meryl Streep portrays an aging rock star who left her kids to pursue a music career that never took off.  Released August 7, 2015

A Walk in the Woods. Robert Redford and Nick Nolte play characters who embark on a 2,200 mile hike. Released September 2, 2015

Grandma. Lily Tomlin plays Elle, a woman nursing a recent heartbreak at the same time as her grandchild shows up, asking for help hustling $600 to pay a debt. Released September 18, 2015

The Intern. Robert De Niro stars as a man in his 70s who goes back to work for a company led by a Millennial, played by Anne Hathaway. Released September 25, 2015

45 Years.  A long-married couple (Charlotte Rampling and Courtenay) face difficulties when his lover's body from decades prior is discovered. Released December 23, 2015

Related:

2014 Films with Aging Themes
Films about Aging

20 comments:

  1. This is a great list. I am looking froward to renting Grandma and Walk in the Woods. I loved Mr. Holmes and Woman in Gold, 2 fabulous lead actors!

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    1. I haven't seen Woman in Gold yet. Thanks for the nudge, Haralee.

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  2. Thanks for the list. I've seen a few of these and put the others in my Netflix queue. I loved Woman in Gold and I have Best Marigold here right now! I have to talk my husband into watching it. We're both not too big on Richard Gere but I loved the first movie!

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    1. Oh, another rec for Woman in Gold. Enjoy the films in your queue!

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  3. Nice list, I'll be looking for these. I saw The Woman in Gold and the Second Best....

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    1. 3rd rec for Woman in Gold. Ok, ok. I'm moving it to #1 in my Netflix queue!

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  4. We are seeing more of this theme, thanks to Boomers coming of age. I follow them, too, as long as they're not about dementia. That hits way close to home as my father had it.

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    1. Enjoy the next film that you see. My last movie viewed was Birdman. There's a midlife crisis story in there, but it really makes show biz look dark and corrupt. Whoa.

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  5. I just printed your list because I had forgotten how many I wanted to watch and I think the hubby would like, however, I did see A Walk In The Woods (boring. Redford 'walks' through it, Love & Mercy (not enough about his motivation and process and I thought Cuzack was an odd choice) and Woman In Gold (though interesting her 'character' didn't feel developed enough for me). Just my 2 cents!

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    1. Thanks for the reflections. I'll move A Walk in the Woods down a few spots in my queue. I adored Love and Mercy, but I love, love, love John Cuzak (and Paul Dano). And I knew nothing about Brian Love prior, so it was a lot for me to process. But I respect your viewpoint as valid. I hope that the next film you see is something that tickles your fancy.

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  6. I am ashamed to say I have seen only one of these although many of them are on my Netflix list. So many movies, so little time, right?

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    1. I think you probably spend more time reading (and writing) than I do. It's all good! I loved Mr. Holmes, but I am intrigued with treatments of memory (and all things British and detective stories and McKellen's acting!)

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  7. I am so glad you did this post! There are a few of these I very much wanted to see, and you reminded me to do it!

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  8. I pride myself on being pretty on top of films and such but you've provided SEVERAL I've not seen! Thank you! I'm updating my queue now. :-D

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  9. I've seen every one of those! I loved The Intern, Love and Mercy and Danny Collins, would have loved 45 Years but was disappointed in the ending and hated A Walk in the Woods and 5 Flights Up and slept through Manglehorn. The rest were all pretty good :)

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  10. wow, what a terrific list! I printed it out for my hubby too. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  11. I'm not much of a movie goer, so I've only seen Iris on Netflix. Looking forward to viewing the remainder when they show up in my living room! Thank you for the great list!

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  12. Wonderful list. I loved the Intern and Rikki and the Flash. Some of the others I'd love to check out.

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  13. Great list, thanks. I am always looking for better choices on Netflix!

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