Tuesday, September 16, 2008


For months, I’ve had a movie on my Netflix list named Young @ Heart. It wasn’t being released on DVD until September 16—and sure enough, it arrived in the mail today.

So do whatever you need to do to get the movie—rent it from a video store, buy it, borrow it, bootleg it, download it illegally, or steal it from your neighbor’s mailbox. Just get your hands on a copy of that movie.

What can you expect when you watch this movie? Lots of nose hair and ear hair (and even old ladies with a little chin stubble). Wrinkles and age spots. Canes and wheelchairs and oxygen tanks. Ill-fitting clothes from the 80s—or maybe Goodwill—purchased when their bodies were a completely different shape than they are now. Genuine old people (it’s a documentary, after all), warts and squirrelly eyebrows and all.

But what you don’t expect is that a guy named Bob has organized them into a senior citizen chorus that sings Jimi Hendrix and James Brown (“I feel g-o-o-d . . . like I knew that I would . . . ). Don’t expect polished, professional singing. They can’t remember the words, they can’t keep the beat, sometimes they end up in the hospital instead of at chorus practice.

It’s one of those movies that you should see if you ever plan to get old someday. It’s a good lesson in how to live well (or as the BeeGees and the Young @ Heart chorus would say, “Ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive!).


Stacy said...

I saw this movie and LOVED it! I agree, everyone has got to see it. Too cute!

j9 said...

It is in our Netflix queue. Is that how you spell it? Anyway, are you getting back into your old people obsession? You finally purged your nursing home figurines. Now you are just watching every movie having to do with old people. Hmmm...you must be reaching some age milestone soon.

Anonymous said...

Best movie I'd seen in a long time. David and I both (as well as the whole movie theater audience) sniffled our way through it because it was so touching. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

j9 said...

Okay, talk about a movie that pulls at your heart strings. If I wasn't laughing, then I was crying or both. I want to fly out to MA to catch one of their shows. Casey and I decided it was one of our favorites. Awesome!