Why Does Hollywood Ignore Older Audiences?

05/22/2015 10:44 am ET | Updated May 22, 2015
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Here’s a safe prediction: Disney’s sci-fi fantasy “Tomorrowland” will be the big box-office winner this weekend, easily beating out the new remake of “Poltergeist.” But as the season of popcorn flicks — most of which are geared toward younger audiences — kicks into high gear, it’s refreshing to know that you can still find a few wrinkled faces at the movies, both on screen and in the seats.

“I’ll See You in My Dreams” opens Friday in three area theaters with a main cast — Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott, Rhea Perlman, June Squibb and Mary Kay Place — whose average age is 72. Or 65, if you count “Silicon Valley’s” Martin Starr, who, at 32, is the cast’s baby. Although the film pairs Danner and Elliott romantically, it derives much of its unexpected charm from the platonic friendship that develops between Danner’s Carol, a widow in her 70s, and Starr’s Lloyd, a pool boy who doesn’t know what to do with his life.

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