What kind of movies would we call Baby Boomer movies - made for us by us, about us? Are they movies that we can relate to, that address issues we're facing today?
Are they movies that give us hope in what’s possible regardless of age? Do they tell stories of how our generation still has a lot of life yet to live?
That we have huge contributions to make to the world and remain a force to be reckoned with? That we have full lives of excitement, adventure and fun? Do they fulfill our expectations of all Baby Boomer media?
Are they movies that depict our modern-day hero Boomers, like Sully the pilot who landed on the Hudson?
Or are Boomer movies ones that thoroughly entertain us, sweeping us away to fantasyland for a couple of hours to keep our minds off pressing problems?
If a movie has a Boomer director or screenwriter or is based on a Boomer’s book, does that make it a movie for us?
Do Boomer movies have casts of leading Baby Boomers like George Clooney (1961), Tom Hanks (1956), Sally Field (1946) or Meryl Streep (1949)?
Or at least names we’ve grown up with and recognize even if they are a little outside the parameters – Dustin Hoffman (1937), Robert Redford (1936), Ellen Burstyn (1932) or Helen Mirren (1945)?
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It could be a combination of any of these factors. But it definitely should include a portrayal (even if not the main characters) of women and men in their 50s or 60s doing something, dealing with life in a way that makes sense to us.
As goofy as it was, “Last Vegas” in 2013 meets the criteria of being a Boomer movie. A group of friends since childhood now in their late 60s gather to celebrate (or intervene) the last holdout’s upcoming nuptials.
Even “Captain Phillips” meets the criteria. It’s loosely based on a true story about a Baby Boomer’s harrowing experience with Somalian pirates.
The captain is an average American in his mid-50s dealing with a crisis. As viewers, we got to explore what we would do in such a situation.
A couple of romantic comedies in 2012 qualify as Boomer movies. “Late Bloomers” is about a man and woman nearing 60 who love each other but have opposite ways of handling it.
In “Hope Springs,” a middle-age couple come to grips with a marriage that has lost its fizzle.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” has scenes in its historical storyline that resonate with Boomers including the JFK assassination, Vietnam war, Watergate and resignation of President Nixon.
Below is a partial list of movies that have resonated with Baby Boomers as we were coming of age or reflected events that hugely impacted our lives.
This by no means covers ALL the movies about Baby Boomers. Can you add to the list?