Old Goats — Blog
Mon 1st Oct, 2012
After an endless summer filled with mindless movies that only a teenager could love, it feels to me like film – particularly independent film – is starting to have a senior moment. But in a good way!
While September always signals the end of popcorn fare at the multiplex - and a turn to “Serious Film” at the art house - this autumn’s line-up includes a couple of movies starring mostly older actors that prove that teens aren’t the only ones who can sleep around, drive recklessly, act foolhardily, make terrible choices, learn from their mistakes, fall in love, and grow to be a better person – all in under two hours. Which means that these stories are universal and pretty much anyone of any age can relate to and enjoy them.
And since everyone knows that three similar pop-culture offerings in a row constitute a VERY IMPORTANT TREND...
The "senior cinema" trend kicked off earlier in the year with Searchlight’s incredibly successful release ($130M BO world-wide - and still going!) of BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, starring Maggie Smith, who - along with Betty White - is everybody’s new favorite ingénue. It then steamed ahead with the recent release of ROBOT AND FRANK (Seventy-something Frank Langella absolutely nails his performance, and so does the much younger robot). And next the baton will be passed to the newest indie darling OLD GOATS, which stars a trio of oldsters and is, according to The Seattle Times, “A charming, low-key comedy about three retirees coping with the mysteries of life, love and the Internet” (http://seattletimes.com/html/movies/2018926148_guterson16.html). It's a bromance for sure, but the OLD GOATS “bros” are considerably older than the those appearing in a typical Apatow film.
Shot for $5K by first-time director Taylor Guterson, and a mostly volunteer cast and crew, the film is notable for its complete lack of actors not eligible to collect social security. It is also sweet-natured and odd and really, really funny; it wowed audiences of all ages at the Seattle, Palm Springs, and Atlanta Film Festivals. It’s currently playing in limited release in Seattle (where it’s been grossing over $8K since early September) and will open at the Camelot Theater in Palm Springs on October 19. If it catches fire in these two towns, its producers will roll it out in select markets nationally.
Looks like a trend worth watching. Stay tuned....OG