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Movie Review: Young @ Heart April 15, 2008

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Movie Review: Young @ Heart

Alternate Title: Forever Young

Story: I laughed, I cried! No, seriously, I really did. It has been a long time since I fell for a film hook, line and oxygen tank. British documentarian Stephen Walker introduces us to a choral group comprised of 24 members, all in their 70’s and 80’s. One delightful member is even in her 90’s. Walker documents the seven weeks of rehearsals leading up to the groups’ next performance tour. This chorus out of Northampton, Massachusetts has been delighting audiences around the world under the leadership and good humor of the very patient Bob Climan for the past 25 years.

Please do not think this senior group bores us with tunes about tip toeing thru the tulips. Their songbook includes tunes by Sonic Youth, The Ramones, James Brown, Talking Heads and Coldplay among others.

The film is inspiring, engaging, honest, heartfelt and above all, entertaining. If you are not moved by this film, you might want to go see a cardiologist real soon to ensure your heart is not made of stone.

You Tube has five videos for you to see of their performance numbers. here are two. The Ramones’ I want to be sedated:

and Coldplay’s Fix You:

Acting: It is a documentary so this category does not apply.

Predilection: I like documentary films.

Critters: Two dogs at a very moving scene filmed at a performance in a local prison.

Food: Cookies and tea.

Sex Spectrum: Octogenarian sex is not shown, but is implied.

Soundtrack: Wonderful selection of music. I particularly enjoyed the music videos.

Theater Audience: The Regal theater at Union Square was pretty crowded with a wide variety of viewers. This film is going to be seen in a wider release very soon. Check it out when it comes to your neighborhood.

Sappy Factor: You would think it would be sappy, but it was not.

Drift Factor: I was riveted throughout.

Predictability Level: Sadly, pretty high.

Tissue Usage: I wished I had more than one tissue with me.

Oscar Worthy: Perhaps.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine but I think going to the theater with a group of people would be lots of fun.

Length: 108 minutes.

LOBO HOWLS: 9

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