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7 Best Films About Retirement

About the author: Lamar Watson, CFP®, is a Fee-Only Financial Advisor in the Washington, D.C. area that works with clients virtually across the country. Lamar's work with his clients focuses on budgeting, employee benefits, paying down debt, buying their first home, and investing. Lamar is the Founder of Dream Financial Planning, a virtual Fiduciary Financial Planning firm specifically designed to help young professionals and minorities take control of their finances and fulfill their dreams. Feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn how we use the DREAM Financial Planning Process ™ to help our clients achieve their goals. 

It’s always fun to have a movie night, especially when watching films that celebrate the fun, friendships and possibilities of retirement. Here are a few classic favorites about exploring the unexpected during retirement:

Cocoon (1985)

One of the best-loved films of the 1980s, Wilford Brimley, Don Ameche, and Hume Cronyn play three retirees who make an amazing discovery that rejuvenates and reinvigorates their lives. When their secret is revealed to the rest of their friends and loved ones in their retirement community, they must return to their previous existence or make a daring decision that will change things forever.

On Golden Pond (1985)

Based on a play of the same name and starring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn (Oscar winners for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, in 1981), Norman and Ethel are reunited with their daughter Chelsea (played by Jane Fonda) when she returns to their rural home with a new fiancé and his young son. Norman, an ornery old cuss given to solitude, eventually warms to the boy as he rediscovers joy with his new family.

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

In this hilarious romantic comedy from writer/director Nancy Meyer, Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) and Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) find themselves in an unlikely romance when she is forced to look after him after he suffers a heart attack. Their relationship goes through many unexpected ups and downs, as Nicholson’s character is forced to act his age and Keaton’s character finds her horizons and expectations expanded.

Space Cowboys (2000)

In this Clint Eastwood-directed adventure, Eastwood plays one of four retired test pilots (including Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner) who missed their chance to become astronauts. Now, their old-school know-how and hands-on experience are needed when a deadly satellite from the Soviet era threatens widespread destruction.

Downton Abbey (2019)

This spinoff features the Crawley family and the staff of their gorgeous Yorkshire country home and is a continuation of the internationally beloved ITV series. When King George V and Queen Mary announce their intention to visit, Mr. Carson, the former head butler, is brought out of retirement to assist with the event. Dame Maggie Smith delights as the acid-tongued Dowager Countess.

Grumpy Old Men (1993)

Classic onscreen partners Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau ignited a late-career resurgence with this uproarious and outrageous comedy as feuding neighbors who compete for the romantic attention of a lively newcomer (Ann-Margaret). No longer content with lives of ice fishing, comedy ensues as they woo (and wise crack), rediscovering their long-buried friendship along the way.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the original crew of the Enterprise reunite with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan writer/director Nicholas Meyer in this rollicking space adventure. As the Enterprise faces decommission, the crew witnesses a disaster that forces them to preserve a fledgling peace, all while confronting old notions about their long-time nemesis, the Klingon Empire.

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