Remember when a chick flick was a cute romantic movie about a girl looking for, finding and living happily ever after with, a guy?
OK some of those were fun
They still make lots of those movies. But it seems my 50+ film tastes have changed. I wonder if this has anything to do with hormones… Everything else seems to. Well whatever the cause… I am on the hunt for something more than sweet romance on the big screen.
As I lean back on the couch and dive into the home popped corn in the big red bowl that I bought for my husband because I wanted it, I have matured expectations for what will roll out before me.
I want to see my sisters portrayed on the screen as:
…because that is what we are at this age. I want to see women just like me and my friends working their way through story lines which are stunningly entertaining…so not at all like my life!
Below is my list of favs:
- CheriI love this line from Cheri: “I find that when the skin is a little less firm it holds the perfume better.” This is a wonderful example of that uniquely female quality which mixes vanity and practicality. It also sums up the nature of the lead female character in one very funny/wise comment.
- Out of AfricaThis is my all time favorite film about a woman. Karen is brave, intelligent beguiling and loving. She has the strength which comes with self knowledge, hard earned on the tougher playing fields of life. I admire her character immensely and have wept at the end of this film all 16 times I have watched it. Karen is a very real character, inspiring but also showing a weaker side which offers the audience an opportunity to forgive and embrace themselves for the fatal flaws that they bear. The self knowledge which nourishes the older woman is the knowledge earned in a real life, earned from victory and defeat, from strength and from the lessons and acceptance of weakness.
- Shirley ValentineShirley Valentine lives the dream for so many of us. She runs away and fun and sun and sex…a wonderful fantasy. But in the in the end she is more experienced, a little bruised, but most importantly, much wiser. This is the story of the maturing woman. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a Greek island on which to mature?
- It’s ComplicatedMy book Fifty & Fabulous has been promoted in the UK in conjunction with the release of It’s Complicated. This film is a Streepwise version of the Women of the Harvest. Women of the Harvest are what I call the heroines in my book, women who embrace themselves and their aging and as a result reap the bounty of live 50+. The female lead in It’s Complicated is a woman struggling with an empty nest, a unfinished marriage, a new dating life and a blossoming sense of her self. She manages to endure and triumph and cry just enough to endear us. She has some tough decisions to make but is able to inform those decisions with the self knowledge her midlife status has brought her. In the end she does what she needs to do. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but she does exactly what we would all expect our heroine Ms. Streep to do.
- Calendar GirlsGirls? No surely they have earned the title “women” – brave and inspiring women who get comfortable enough in their own skin to put it forth to support a dear friend. It is the journey away from personal self consciousness and into deeper consciousness that is the hallmark of aging for women.
- Private Lives of Pippa LeeThis is in many ways a very sad film but it is what I would call a Chrysalis film. It is about the tendency of women to give themselves away to things and people, gladly but sometimes sadly. This movie reminds us that it is never too late to find your voice and to speak it. The result of doing so is not what is most important. It is the action which really counts. Let us celebrate the voices which finally rise lifted by the courage which comes uniquely with maturity.
What are your favorites?
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