While We're Young
A friend sent me the While We're Young dvd this month as a surprise gift. He said it always reminded him of me. I'm not totally sure why that is true. Maybe it is the fact I live by the credo that age has nothing to do with it. Whatever the reason, I did break out in laughter when the lead character played by Ben Stiller bought a hat EXACTLY like one I own. So, maybe there are more similarities to me in the move than I realize.
The movie is about a middle-aged couple who never were able to have kids of their own while their friends are busy populating the earth. They meet a couple half their age and end up adopting a younger lifestyle. There is a serious plot twist concerning careers that I won't divulge. No serious spoiler alerts.
This movie does explore the different aspects of aging. Those who refuse to acknowledge they are aging. Those who think because they are a certain age, they must behave in a particular fashion. How you surround yourself with a certain group of people - in the movie's case, people with babies - and you ignore the real aspect of living and fall into a group think. I liked how one character stated that having a kid didn't change him the way he thought it would. He was still the most important person in his life. An admission most people won't confess.
Charles Grodin makes an appearance in a supporting role. I hadn't seen him in a film in a long time. I found it interesting that while his character is accepting a memorial award, he admits how unfinished his career is or alludes to the illusional aspects of it and the threat of time passing you by.
Naomi Watts - who's acting I always enjoy - turns in a convincing performance as Ben Stiller's wife. The wife who flirts with using the excuse of what time has stolen from her as a reason to follow a more self-destructive path.
This is a really enjoyable movie. The plot twist isn't hard to figure out but the movie plays it out well. The ending is a bit heavy but overall this is a movie worth the time investment. I give it 4/5 on the rating scale and thank my friend for a wonderful gift!