There’s nothing like having a movie night. With a snack and a cozy blanket, with or without friends, you’re in for a great time! But what movie to watch? If you’re retired or are almost there, there are a good number of movies that might hit the right note for you at this time of life!
While they span the spectrum of drama, comedy, action and romance, these movies all explore the interesting themes of this stage of life and how this exciting new adventure can also be about beginning again:
1. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
Settle in for a dazzling sequel to “Mamma Mia!” Meryl Streep reprises her role as Donna, the free-spirited hotelier on the gorgeous island of Kalokairi. The movie focuses on Donna’s past adventures across Europe with her friends.
Go on the adventure with her through popular songs, funny moments and a heartwarming story that you’ll definitely enjoy with friends. You can find “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube TV, Apple TV and more.
2. Quartet (2012)
Retired musicians reside in Beecham House, a retirement home exclusively for retirees with artistic backgrounds. As the retirees find themselves rediscovering their passion for music, they must put on a yearly gala to raise enough money so Beecham House can continue.
The stacked cast includes Dame Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly and more. Watch “Quartet” on Max, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.
3. The Bucket List (2007)
Starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, “The Bucket List” is the story of two terminally ill men who embark on a road trip to accomplish their wish lists. Watch on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube TV and Apple TV.
4. Last Vegas (2013)
This comedy stars Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, and Michael Douglas as four friends who throw their last single friend a bachelor party in Las Vegas. Watch “Last Vegas” on Pluto TV, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV.
5. Second Act (2018)
Jennifer Lopez stars in this movie as her character, Maya, is seeking a new career to escape her dead-end job. After a friend creates a fake resume and online persona for her, Maya will need to rely on her street smarts and ingenuity to maintain her new position as a higher-up in a consulting firm. “Second Act” shows that it’s never too late to start again in this romantic comedy. Watch on Hulu.
6. On Golden Pond (1981)
Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn star in this drama about mending familial relationships between generations. You can watch “On Golden Pond” on YouTube TV, Pluto TV and Peacock.
7. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
This movie combines drama and romance as British retirees move to the Marigold Hotel in India, where they believed they would live in luxury. After finding that the hotel is past its prime, the residents still find the charm of living at the hotel as they embrace their new lives.
Featuring veteran film stars Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dame Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson, this movie is a must-watch. See “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” on YouTube TV and Apple TV.
8. Tea With the Dames (2018)
This unique documentary sits down with Dames Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright to discuss their lives and careers over tea. You can watch “Tea With the Dames” on Tubi, AMC+ and Amazon Prime Video.
9. Going in Style (2017)
Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin star in this comedy about three men who plan to rob a bank to steal back their money. Watch “Going in Style” on YouTube TV, Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.
10. Red (2010)
Bruce Willis plays Frank Moses, a retired CIA agent who gets his old team back together to discover a CIA conspiracy that goes all the way to the top. Dame Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich co-star in this action comedy. Watch “Red” on YouTube TV, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV.
11. Poms (2019)
This movie stars Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Rhea Pearlman and Pam Grier in a comedy about women who start a cheer squad at their retirement community. Watch “Poms” on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.
ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT (and movies!) AT A DIAKON COMMUNITY.
At Diakon senior living, life can be as fulfilling as it is on the silver screen. With endless activities, events and ways to socialize, we’re certain you’ll find a happy ending for your retirement. Find a Diakon community near you today so you can see all it has to offer you and your future.
To learn about life at a Diakon community and how you can have a retirement full of engaging programming, wellness opportunities and lead a fulfilling lifestyle that you look forward to each day, click here. Be sure to ask how Diakon’s status as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) can help you create a life plan that works for you!