This month, Howard’s wondrously heartfelt fable turns 30 and it feels like the perfect time celebrate this remarkably unique film that defied the odds for many reasons, ended up taking home several Oscar awards, and was one of the top grossing films of 1985.
Our society had to quickly respond to the growing aging population and thus, we saw a boom in nursing homes, assisted living facilities as well as senior communities, especially in Florida. That’s a universal truth we all learn at a very early age and as we get older, the reality of that truism becomes more and more evident with each passing day. It’s a remarkable film for many reasons, but what has always made it so memorable for me was the way Howard managed to create such a vivid, dignifying and endearing portrait of octogenarian life that demonstrated how the elderly can still enjoy a fulfilling existence even if the rest of the world no longer recognizes their vitality. That wish fulfillment was precisely what a then up-and-coming filmmaker Ron Howard explored back in 1985 with his wondrous fable, .In order to blend in, the aliens assume human forms and rent a vacated pool house in order to gather their friends and recharge them for the ride home off the planet.What these visitors are unaware of is that a group of older folks from the neighboring retirement community like to sneak into said pool house to use the facilities and one fateful day, all their paths cross, forever changing everyone’s lives as the two groups learn something about themselves and each other in the process.
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