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I think that the success of Because I Said So at the rental store may also reflect an older audience's lack of patience with the multiplex experience, which is frequently a nightmare of poor projection, ringing cellphones, inappropriate laughter and talking back at the screen. So many people have just packed it in when it comes to catching mainstream releases at the theatre.

Julie Christie has retained her beauty to a remarkable degree. She resisted all plastic surgery for a long time, succumbing to a facelift only after "Afterglow" when she confessed to disliking what she saw on screen. And when she did get a facelift, she was honest about it. She didn't try to pretend it was all clean living and drinking lots of water.

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It is a trend, which dates back, in my memory, to GRUMPY OLD MEN, with Ann-Margaret, and its sequel, which brings Sophia Loren into the mix.

And then there's Raquel Welch, who, as I recall was involved in a hot affair with Bob Dylan a few years back.

A friend of mine dubbed this pack of women "geezer hotties--" and yes, it isn't all just nature but a lot of nurture--and there's nothing wrong with that.

BECAUSE I SAID SO was awful, as dreadful as RUMOR HAS IT--another picture wherein the geezer hottie had a lot more going for her than the ostensible lead. I took enormous grief from men much younger than I for pointing out how sexy Shirley McLaine was--certainly as compared to Jennifer Aniston.

And it's not only aging Hollywood types in this game. I live in a small coastal California town, and there are quite a few women around here who are maintaining themselves in precisely this fashion.

None of which denies the basic premise of the post--since in my experience, most of the women I've mentioned above are into this maintenance for themselves alone--not for the possibility of a romantic fling with a frankly nonexistent male counterpart.


I think Campaspe is likely right about the "Blockbuster" popularity of "Because I Said So." The Netflix Top 100 shows a similar emphasis on movies that might attract older audiences who are resistant to going to the multiplex.

The "trend" towards older audiences may be somewhat coincidental, but I'm excited to see Sarah Polley taking on what seems like an interesting project, if only because it allows two great actresses--Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis--a chance to shine.


I loved Helen Mirren in Excalibur.

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