Netflix (Amazon Prime or YouTube Red) and Fly with My Favorite Intergenerational Movies
Do you have a summer vacation on the docket? If you're like me, a good (non-anxiety inducing) movie helps pass the time while up in the air. Below are some of my favorite movies sorted by genre.
My favorite categories, (comedy, fashion, and futuristic), should keep your mind off being in a metal tube flying 36K above the sea at 500 MPH. Enjoy and let me know if I've missed any of your favorite aging/longevity stories!
I'll Be Me
2014 ‧ Drama/Biography ‧ 1h 56m
Musician Glen Campbell starts a farewell tour after he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and he and his family navigate the unpredictable nature of the disease through love, laughter and music.
The Fundamentals of Caring
2016 ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 33m
A writer (Paul Rudd) retires after a personal tragedy and becomes a disabled teen's caregiver. When the two embark on an impromptu road trip, their ability to cope is tested as they start to understand the importance of hope and friendship.
Drama/Comedy-drama ‧ 1h 53m
A Parisian aristocrat, quadriplegic since a paragliding accident, hires a young man to be his live-in caretaker. Although very different the two men bond and develop a close friendship.
Little Miss Sunshine
2006 ‧ Drama/Comedy-drama ‧ 1h 41m
The Hoover family -- a man (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), an uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano) and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) -- puts the fun back in dysfunctional by piling into a VW bus and heading to California to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her bid to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. The sanity of everyone involved is stretched to the limit as the group's quirks cause epic problems as they travel along their interstate route.
2003 ‧ Coming of age/Comedy-drama ‧ 1h 51m
A shy adolescent boy, Walter (Haley Joel Osment), is taken by his greedy mother (Kyra Sedgwick) to spend the summer with his two hard-boiled great-uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine), who are rumored to possess a great fortune. At first, the two old men, both set in their ways, find Walter's presence a nuisance, but they eventually warm up to the boy and regale him with tall tales from their past. In return, Walter helps reawaken their youthful spirit.
2014 ‧ Drama/Comedy-drama ‧ 1h 43m
Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a struggling single woman, moves to Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Having to work very long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of Vincent (Bill Murray), a bawdy misanthrope next door. Vincent takes Oliver along on his trips to the race track, strip club and dive bar, and an unlikely friendship is born. The man is a mentor to the boy in his hedonistic way, and Oliver sees the good in Vincent that no one else can.
The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
2013 ‧ Fantasy/Adventure ‧ 1h 54m
Allan Karlsson is a 100-year-old explosives expert who is so bored in a retirement home that he jumps out of a window. As he begins an unexpected adventure, he reminisces about key moments in his life which were also key moments in world history.
2009 ‧ Drama/Fantasy ‧ 1h 36m
Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old balloon salesman, is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. But curmudgeonly Carl's worst nightmare comes true when he discovers a little boy named Russell is a stowaway aboard the balloon-powered house. A Pixar animation.
2017 ‧ Drama/Mystery ‧ 1h 39m
Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband. With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie's Prime relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past.
Robot & Frank
2012 ‧ Drama/Crime film ‧ 1h 29m
Directed by Jake Schreier. With Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler. Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
End of Life
Mr. Morgan's Last Love
2013 ‧ Drama/Romance ‧ 1h 56m
In Paris, a suicidal widower (Michael Caine) and a sunny dance teacher (Clémence Poésy) become friends, but their bond may not be enough to ameliorate the widower's grief.
2017 ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 45m
Matt, a struggling executive, finds his world turned upside down when his estranged father's nurse shows up unexpectedly in his office. Matt's father, a famed bad-boy photojournalist, is facing terminal cancer and his dying wish is for Matt to join him on a road trip from New York to Kansas to process his last rolls of Kodachrome film before the sole remaining lab closes and those captured moments are gone forever.
2011 ‧ Drama/Comedy-drama ‧ 2h 15m
Native islander Matt King (George Clooney) lives with his family in Hawaii. Their world shatters when a tragic accident leaves his wife in a coma. Not only must Matt struggle with the stipulation in his wife's will that she be allowed to die with dignity, but he also faces pressure from relatives to sell their family's enormous land trust. Angry and terrified at the same time, Matt tries to be a good father to his young daughters, as they too try to cope with their mother's possible death.
The Bucket List
2007 ‧ Comedy-drama/Drama ‧ 1h 37m
Billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) and car mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) are complete strangers, until fate lands them in the same hospital room. The men find they have two things in common: a need to come to terms with who they are and what they have done with their lives, and a desire to complete a list of things they want to see and do before they die. Against their doctor's advice, the men leave the hospital and set out on the adventure of a lifetime.
The Meyerowitz Stories
2017 ‧ Drama/Comedy ‧ 1h 52m
The adult children of Harold Meyerowitz reunite in New York in preparation for their father's career retrospective.
2014 ‧ Drama/Biography ‧ 1h 12m
Advanced Style is Ari Seth Cohen's blog-based ode to the confidence, beauty, and fashion that can only be achieved through the experience of a life lived glamorously. It is a collection of street fashion unlike any seen before—focused on the over-60 set in the world's most stylish locales.
2014 ‧ Biography/History ‧ 1h 23m
Filmmaker Albert Maysles pays tribute to nonagenarian Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, longtime interior designer and outspoken champion of eclectic fashion.
Harold and Maude
1971 ‧ Cult film/Romance ‧ 1h 31m
Cult classic pairs Cort as a dead-pan disillusioned 20-year-old obsessed with suicide and a loveable Gordon as a fun-loving 80-year-old eccentric. They meet at a funeral, and develop a taboo romantic relationship, in which they explore the tired theme of the meaning of life with a fresh perspective.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
2011 ‧ Drama/Comedy-drama ‧ 2h 4m
Some British retirees (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy) decide to outsource their retirement to exotic -- and less expensive -- India. Lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and imagining a life of leisure in lush surroundings, they arrive and find that the Marigold is actually a shell of its former self. Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.
The Theory of Everything
2014 ‧ Drama/Romance ‧ 2h 3m
In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease. Despite this -- and with Jane at his side -- he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor. He and Jane defy terrible odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either could hope to imagine.