As humans, we all love to be entertained - and movies have been one of the most effective material for that. For decades, society has enjoyed tons of films from different genres, stories, and countries. We even award the best ones annually through The Oscars and hold prestigious film festivals like the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate unique and groundbreaking movies.
Many movies are produced every year. And for people who are born in the 60s, it becomes harder to keep up with the newer ones - especially because some of the best go under the radar. But it should be known that modern movies are not just made for the younger audience, they are also meant to be enjoyed by everyone!
Sure, the stories and setup might be quite different, but out of hundreds or thousands of movies produced each year, there sure are a handful of films that women born in the 60s would love and resonate with. So, get your popcorn ready and check out the following films below:
- You Again (2010)
“You Again” is a drama comedy that stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman and Sigourney Weaver. It follows the lives of Marni Olsen (Bell) and J-J (Yustman) from their high school life up to 8 years later when they became professionals. J-J is a mean “it” girl in her high school who constantly bullied and made Marni’s life miserable. Now called Joanna, J-J is about to marry Marni’s older brother. And the two high school rivals meet again for the planned wedding.
What’s more interesting in this movie is the rivalry between Gail (Marni’s mother played by Curtis) and Ramona (J-J’s aunt played by Weaver), who also met again for the planned wedding. The two were also high school best friends, but the friendship bitterly ended when Ramona pushed Gail in a pool during Senior Prom.
The rekindled rivalry between Marni and J-J, and Ramona and Gail, caused a lot of conflict in the movie. One is always trying to outdo the other, and issues of insecurity and grudges are constantly brought up.
The film is presented in a comedic way, but it tackles a lot about reconciliation, closure, making peace with the past and ultimately, forgiveness and moving forward. With lots of raucous fun going around, “You Again” offers a very entertaining but heartwarming story that women from all ages can relate to.
- The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
“The Royal Tenenbaums” is another family drama-comedy film. Directed by Wes Anderson, it stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, and Danny Glover.
The film follows the lives of the Tenenbaum family. Royal (Hackman) and Etheline (Huston) had three gifted children together - Chas (Stiller), Richie (Wilson), and adopted daughter Margot (Paltrow). The kids are achievers at an early age, but Royal and Etheline eventually broke up and lived separately until their children grew into adults.
Hearing that Etheline is about to marry her accountant (Glover), Royal tries to re-enter the family by lying that he has Stomach Cancer. At this point, all 3 of their adult children are also experiencing a post-success slump - leading them to have their own issues and to some extent, depression. Because of this, all 3 children decided to come and stay at their family home for the first time in years. Their father was also welcomed reluctantly.
“The Royal Tenenbaums” is also a story about reconciliation - although this time, it is about familial bonds. Despite all their issues and the ups and downs of life, the Tenenbaums always had each other as a family. Etheline is a major character that many women can relate to. The meticulous and charming cinematography by Wes Anderson is also a delight to watch!
- Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
For those who are looking for a romantic comedy, “Something’s Gotta Give” is a must watch! Starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, the film is about two middle-aged people who found new love in the most unexpected (and rather awkward) way.
Harry (Nicholson) has a habit of dating younger girls. His new date, Marin, is the daughter of Erica (Keaton). After an embarrassing heart attack in Erica’s beach house, Harry and Erica got to spend more time together and eventually got to know each other.
The film is basically about new beginnings and how we all deserve a second shot at love and happy endings, even though life is complicated as it is. It also shows us that finding new love and happiness is still possible in the later years in our lives.
- My Happy Family (2017)
For those who want to watch some heavy drama, Netflix’s “My Happy Family” is a good one. IaShughliashvili plays Manana, a wife and mother in her 50s who suddenly leaves the family home and abandoned her parents, husband and kids in the process.
Leaving the family was a sudden act, and no one knew why she did it. Of course, Manana became a subject of disgust and hatred in her small and religious community. However, as the film progresses, Manana’s perspective is slowly revealed, and that her decision to leave is a rebellious move to challenge the rigid expectations of women in her largely conservative community.
While living in a separate flat, Manana discovers an ugly truth about her husband and even about his son-in-law. Later on, her young son also came home with a pregnant woman and announced that they just got married.
The film tackles a difficult and heavy subject, and has been praised critically because of its feminist theme. It is also relatable for women of all ages who just want to break free from traditional expectations and duties.
- Bad Moms (2016)
Like “My Happy Family,” “Bad Moms” is also a movie about breaking free. However, this time, the theme is presented in a funnier and lighter way. Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, “Bad Moms” follows the lives of women in different situations that are all trying to juggle motherhood, work, and life all at once.
Amy (Kunis) tries her best to be the perfect all-around mother and wife at home, but when she discovers that her husband is having an online affair, she decides to get a divorce and kicked him out from home.
Amy then meets Kiki (Bell) and Carol (Hahn) one afternoon after a stressful PTA meeting in school. Kiki and Carol’s kids also go to the same school. The 3 moms became really good friends and leaned on each other for support.
Carol is a laid-back single mother who basically has a hands-off approach to parenting, while Kiki is a very stressed mother of 4 who is constantly domineered by her uncooperative husband. Amy on the other hand, is still learning how to keep it all together while going through a divorce.
Along the way, each of them has learned to strike a balance in their lives. Amy tries to loosen up to make her kids more independent, Carol becomes a more supportive parent, while Kiki learns to stand up for herself against her husband.
“Bad Moms” is a lighthearted film that shows how moms should be allowed to relax too. The harsh expectations and duties set for a mother could be too much, and that moms should not be guilt-tripped just because they wanted to relax or have fun too.
Movies about life, love and family are the most endearing and enduring ones. Women who are born in the 60s can surely resonate with these themes - despite an already modern setting. These films are not just entertaining, but are also bringing along great life lessons and heartwarming tales of forgiveness, reconciliation, and change.
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