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Baby Boomer themes figure into new movies

An intriguing number of new movies are built on the theme of children trying to deal -- and understand -- their Baby Boomer parents … and vice versa.

"Trouble with the Curve" is now available in DVD and Blu-Ray
Warner Bros.

Three movies come to mind -- “Trouble with the Curve,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Parental Guidance”, and “Guilt Trip”.

While the parent portrayed by Clint Eastwood in “Trouble with the Curve” is certainly older than your typical Baby Boomer, he plays a dad estranged from his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) but who needs his daughter to help him cope with how age affects his ability as a baseball scout.

“Trouble with the Curve” did modestly well at the box office and is hoping for renewed life with this week’s release as a DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. It is also available for download from online digital retailers including iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, Vudu and CinemaNow.

Still in theatres is “Silver Linings Playbook,” a darker look at the relationship between a son (Bradley Cooper) and his parents, particularly his father (Robert DiNiro).

It’s a comedy that deals with the son’s clinical depression and the father’s own obsessive behavior and how the two try to find common ground.

The movie has been praised by critics and is likely to garner not only award nominations but awards themselves for the actors, director and the movie itself.

Says CNN in its review: “Chances are you'll come out feeling better than when you went in.”

The Baby Boomer parents in “Parental Guidance” (in theatres Dec. 25) are Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, with grandparenting the primary theme.

It has a “Home Alone” feeling to it -- lots of mayhem, even though the grandparents are home and supposedly taking care of their grandkids.

“Guilt Trip” has a son (Seth Rogan) taking a cross-country trip for business with his Baby Boomer mother (Barbra Streisand) along for the unexpected ride.

You know the theme on this one: Despite coming from two different places emotionally, they find America and their mother-son relationship during the trip. Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” it isn’t.

What to make of this trend? These are the leading edge. There will likely be more that focus on Baby Boomers as parents struggling with their age, as parents struggling with the children, as parents dealing with their role as grandparents.

Given the vastness of the Baby Boomer experience, the genre is ripe for the picking.


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