People of a certain age should support films they like

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August 18, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

It never fails: Talk to people of a certain age - say in their 60s and 70s and above - about the movies, and the first question they ask is, "Why don't they make the kind of movies I like anymore?"

By that they mean movies that are more restrained, less racy, not always moving so fast - you know, movies where people aren't either being shot or taking their clothes off every few minutes.

The truth is those kinds of movies are out there, but they need more audience support.

There's one opening in theaters today. Susan Seidelman's The Boynton Beach Club, opening at The Charles, doesn't have a single gunfight, doesn't show a lot of skin (there's one brief topless scene, but it's far more poignant than prurient), and focuses on people older than 60. What's more, it sees them as robust men and women whose lives are far from over, who are more worthy of respect than pity, and who aren't ready to cede the world and everything in it to their baby-boomlet children.

One reason Hollywood doesn't make a lot of movies for audiences older than 50 is that most movie executives don't believe there's much of an audience there. Frequently, they're proven right - when, for instance, a movie like Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, which focused on seniors and had a sensibility that would have been welcome in any decade, could only last a week at The Charles.

Prove them wrong by going to see films like Boynton, and there will soon be more coming.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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