AARP’s Movies for Grownups advocates for the 50-plus audience by fighting ageism in the entertainment industry and encouraging films that resonate with older viewers. Through its nationwide screening program, Movies for Grownups offers attendees opportunities to connect and create a community of film fans. This includes exclusive showings of movies not yet in theaters or special showings of more current, popular titles with particular appeal to grownup audiences. MFG’s free screenings take place in theaters in communities across the country.
The Movies for Grownups Screening Program premiered in 2012 with 20 screenings of Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep. It has since grown to a nationwide program reaching thousands of movie fans. In 2018 more than 900 screenings of 31 feature films in over 180 communities reached more than 100,000 audience members.
Movies for Grownups’ films are selected by AARP’s entertainment critics to spotlight actors, directors and writers 50 and older who create stories that showcase grownup experiences. From history-making blockbusters like Black Panther to popular dramas such as the movie adaption of Downton Abbey, Movies for Grownups films appeal to a wide range of interests and tastes. Screenings have included such movies as the comedy Poms with Diane Keaton, Elton John’s musical biopic Rocketman, and Samuel L. Jackson’s 2019 update of the action film Shaft.
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Published September 20, 2019