Alert
Close

Help pack a million meals for struggling seniors on 9-11. Volunteer today

Highlights

Open

 

Movies for Grownups

 

Caucasian couple looking at a laptop computer together

Horoscope

Virgo - AARP Horoscope

Look at what your future holds if your birthday is between August 23 & September 22

AARP REALPAD

The tablet with free 24/7 customer support. Learn More

Most Popular

Viewed

Our Favorites

Movies for Grownups Awards 2009

The best movies that weren't just for kids

Best Comedy for Grownups
Ghost Town, cowritten and directed by David Koepp

A supersmart script by David Koepp and John Kamps—and a perfect oil-and-water combo of Ricky Gervais as a dead-to-the-world dentist and Greg Kinnear as an actually dead lothario (back to resolve unfinished family business)—makes this most grownup comedy of the year also the funniest.

We Also Loved: Smart People…What Just Happened?…Baby Mama…Be Kind Rewind.

Best Documentary
Man on Wire, directed by James Marsh

Revisiting Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the towers of the World Trade Center, through archive footage and new interviews, director Marsh leave us to conjure up our own vivid images of 9/11. In the process we discover that, with the passage of time, an event that meant one thing then can take on a whole new kind of significance now.

We Also Loved: Young@Heart (performing elders sing their hearts out)…Chris & Don: A Love Story (a tale of unconditional commitment)…I.O.U.S.A. (America's credit crunch)…Flow (our coming water crisis).

Breakthrough Accomplishment
Pierce Brosnan, in Mamma Mia!

We just love the way he attacks the challenge of pop singing with such reckless abandon. Simon Cowell would be aghast, but we're charmed.

Best Foreign-Language Film
The Edge of Heaven (German/Turkish), written and directed by Faith Akin

A German film that swings between locations in Bremen and Istanbul, this drama follows characters of varied ages, nationalities, and faiths passing through one another's lives—and often not connecting at all. It's riveting not for its shambling plot but for its relentless reminder that in a rapidly shrinking world, even when our stories don't intersect, our shared humanity does.

We Also Loved: A Christmas Tale (French)…Late Bloomers (Swiss German)…Silent Light (Plautdietsch-Mennonite Low German)…The Class (French).

Best Buddy Picture
Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys, starring Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard

Bates, as matriarch of a big-business family, and Woodard, as a working-class mom, are lifelong friends. But as their families spiral into chaos, their own relationship deepens, and they satisfy their mutual need by taking off on a just-us-girls road trip. Writer-director Tyler Perry (Madea's Family Reunion) is reaching out to a wider audience here—and he couldn't find two actresses better suited to be his ambassadors of goodwill.

We Also Loved: Mamma Mia!…The Women…Soul Men.

Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up
Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau

Let's hear it for the middle-aged superhero! Robert Downey Jr. infuses his character with all the frustrations, insecurities, and regrets that go with having put in four decades or so on this planet—and finds the best kind of therapy in a really cool flying suit.

We Also Loved: WALL·E…Kung Fu Panda…City of Ember…Marley & Me.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Your Scoop on Cinema

Movies for Grownups is focused on films with distinct relevance to a 50-plus audience. In reviews, previews and interviews, we look for actors and themes that speak to the experiences of older moviegoers. Find more about us on:

 

Advertisement
100 Must-See Movies for Grownups

100 Must-See Movies for Grownups

By Bill Newcott
E-book
January 2015


A treasure trove of delightfully offbeat recommendations for discerning moviegoers, from the beginnings of film right up the present.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Live Nation

Members save 25% or more when buying tickets in groups of four from Ticketmaster.

Cirque Du Soleil

Members save 15-30% on tickets to live Cirque du Soleil shows.

Regal Movies Popcorn and Soda, Member Benefits

Members can save $3 on any size popcorn and soft drink combo at Regal Cinemas.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points

Advertisement