Now that I’m a woman “of a certain age,” I love watching movies starring other women “of a certain age.”
Now before you surmise that I’m comparing myself in any way to Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton or Michelle Pfieffer, let me tell you – I’m not. Not by a long shot. Not by a million light-years into space long shot.
But if there’s anything that’s a great equalizer, it’s being a woman “of a certain age.” Here are my top five movies starring those fabulous women who are a guiding light for me every day:
1. It’s Complicated. Meryl Streep stars in this comedy about a woman who re-connects with her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin) while attending their son’s college graduation. Ok, so that’s not such a bad thing, except for the fact that he’s re-married to a much younger woman with whom he really has nothing in common. Likewise, she’s drawn to a really nice architect (played by Steve Martin, so you know he has to be nice) who’s working on her house. By the way, this movie was directed by Nancy Meyers, who’s known for her fabulous movie houses, and this one doesn’t disappoint.
2. Something’s Gotta Give. Here’s another Nancy Meyers movie with yet another fabulous house. This one stars Diane Keaton as a writer who ends up in a complicated relationship with a swinger (Jack Nicholson) who’s on the cusp of being a senior citizen — and who also has a taste for younger women. But when a heart attack sidelines him at her house for a while, something’s gotta give. Kudos to Keaton’s unabashed bravery for a nude scene.
3. New Year’s Eve. Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy follows the lives of several couples and singles in New York City as they intertwine over the course of New Year’s Eve. Michelle Pfeiffer plays Ingrid, a woman who decides to quit her job after having a near death experience. She asks a young messenger (Zac Efron) to help her fulfill her resolutions, and the two form a sweet friendship.
4. The Kids Are All Right. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play a lesbian couple with two teenage kids (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) who decide they want to meet their biological father. Never mind that he’s never been a real father to them, having only supplied the sperm that made them possible. It’s a new kind of family with many of the same issues as a more traditional family.
5. Brave. This animated movie from Disney Pixar follows young Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) who’s determined to make her own path in life. In doing so, however, she brings a curse upon the village where she lives and inadvertently ends up turning her mom into a bear. The girl must rely on her bravery and archery skills to undo the curse and restore order.
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