Movies About the Second Half of Life:
What’s Behind the Trend?
Judi Dench, left, and Celia Imrie in
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
By Stefanie Weiss,
All of a sudden, there are movies about life beyond midlife. The – starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy – has quickly become a critical and box office hit.
Don’t forget Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in Larry Crowne, Isabella Rossellini and William Hurt in Late Bloomers, and, next year, Tina Fey in The Intern, playing the founder of a fashion company who mentors a 70-something intern bored with retirement.
Marc Freedman, author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, provides an explanation in a new blog post for Harvard Business Review. Take a look here. Add your comment to the conversation there and let the folks at Harvard know that we support movies – and serious commentary – about the encore years.
One last thing: If you’re inspired by the big screen possibilities for life after 50, enter the Marigold Ideas for Good Contest today.
Thirty people with good ideas will win $5,000 grants to jump-start projects for the greater good.
It’s your chance to be a star.