Over the weekend, I have been preparing a ElderMovie list based on the many good suggestions readers have left on Friday’s post. A major point of the collection is to list only films that add to our understanding of or celebrate what getting older is like, and not those that demean elders or promote negative stereotypes.
There are three suggestions I need help on.
Of the pair, Grumpy Old Men and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men, I have seen only the first and have little memory of it except that I didn’t think it was the best work Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau ever did. But I can’t remember if I took issue with how the two old men were portrayed or if it just didn’t suit my taste.
The other, Shadowlands, a biography of C.S. Lewis starring Anthony Hopkins, is another I haven’t seen, nor have I read the book. My question is: does it qualify as an ElderMovie or is it more about Lewis at midlife?
Please leave your thoughts below. I will defer to the majority on all three films.