Generational Warfare Bites the Dust – Hollywood Abandons the Boomers vs. Millenials Plot Line
Four recent films show how young, old and in-between might not get each other, but need each other more than ever.
“Time passes. That’s for sure,” reads the pithy Eileen Myles epigram that launches “Grandma,” Paul Weitz’s latest feature. Based on typical Hollywood fare, it could be hard to tell; unless one happens to be Meryl Streep or Richard Gere, life ends after 60, and if you happen to lack a Y chromosome it would seem to stop at least a decade earlier.
But some of this might be changing. “Grandma,” starring Lily Tomlin, 75, and Nancy Meyers’ “The Intern,” with Robert De Niro, 72, are making serious box office buck, drawing in audiences a third their age. Even odder is that neither film pivots around the trials of getting older or the fruits of late coupledom—rather, both focus on the relationships between those of a certain age and those considerably younger, part of a handful of recent movies eschewing traditional plots to tackle the tensions between traditionalists, baby boomers, Generations X, Y and Z.
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