March 20, 1993 |
Somewhere in the middle of Groundhog Day, Bill Murray turns to the man sitting beside him at a bar and says in a voice of utter despair, "What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was the same and nothing mattered?" This is the philosophy of life that the rather obnoxious and egocentric weatherman has brought to this delicious time-warp fantasy. Murray has gotten stuck, truly stuck, in Punxsutawney, Pa., where he went to cover the Feb. 2 festivities. For this weatherman, there is literally no tomorrow.
March 2, 2007 |
Male-menopause wisecrackery with heavy-duty Harley-Davidson product placement, Wild Hogs stars Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and John Travolta as weekend biker buddies who chuck their dull suburban lives - for a week, anyway - to ride their glistening chrome machines into the sunset. "Did you ever wake up one day and wonder what happened to your life?" wonders Doug (Allen), a Cincinnati dentist with a wife, a kid, and a creeping sense of midlife ennui. Yeah, and did you ever go to a high-concept Hollywood movie and wonder what happened to your 99 minutes?
April 21, 1991 |
The Mother's Day cards inside their registration packets told the story: "Let the record show that midlife and older women are . . . making vital contributions to society. By the year 2000, 22 million women, age 45 and over, will be in the paid workforce. It's time to retire the stereotypes. . . . " The 115 women attending Saturday's Older Women's Conference were focused on just that. The daylong program at Bucks County Community College in Newtown Township addressed issues and concerns of midlife and older women.
September 23, 1993 |
Two movies with ensemble casts and plots about life among the contemporary midlife set top this week's list of new movies on video. INDIAN SUMMER 1/2 (1993) (Touchstone) $94.95. 108 minutes. Alan Arkin, Matt Craven, Sam Raimi, Diane Lane, Julie Warner, Bill Paxton, Elizabeth Perkins, Kevin Pollak, Vincent Spano. Don't believe anyone who tells you Indian Summer is a boomer reunion film in the spirit of The Return of the Secaucus Seven and The Big Chill. This summer-camp reunion film has a much better-looking ensemble cast, but the members don't mourn the loss of their ideals.
April 3, 1988 |
In the 1970s, the tiny borough of Palmyra, at the edge of the Delaware River, seemed to be in a midlife slump. The borough had blossomed at the turn of the century when the Camden and Amboy Railroad brought a boom of people and business and the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge was opened in 1929. By the 1970s, the tracks still carried freight trains alongside Palmyra's main street, but the boom seemed to have run out of steam. Not many new businesses opened, not many houses were being built, and not many of the schools' sports teams were getting the big wins that used to make Palmyra proud.
August 1, 2003 |
Cecilia Roth, the sage, sexy star of Pedro Almod?var's gem All About My Mother, is the best reason - the only reason - to see Luc?a, Luc?a. A forced, freewheeling mystery-comedy about a Mexico City wife in the throes of a midlife crisis, the pic is clunky and unsurprising. In the title role (or half the title role, to be precise), Roth is a children's book writer drawn into a complicated kidnapping caper when her husband disappears at the airport one day. An elderly but endlessly energetic former Castro compatriot, F?lix (Carlos ?lvarez Novoa)
April 19, 1990 |
Until recently, midlife and menopausal women were either ignored or lumped in with everyone else in the gynecological community. "These women never had a forum to air their medical complaints, because OB-GYNs (doctors specializing in obstetrics and gynecology) are usually caring for pregnant women or . . . (helping women get) pregnant or it's a yearly check-up," said Dr. Judith Albert, head of the Center of Women's Health at the University of Pennsylvania. "The yearly checkup has always been 'quick, get your pap smear done and, hopefully, don't complain so you don't take up any time,' " she said.
October 13, 2005 |
Eve Ensler, the midwife of The Vagina Monologues, has moved upward - to her belly. "Who would think a radical feminist for 30 years could spend this much time thinking about my stomach?" she asks in The Good Body, her expiation on midlife midriff, and then proceeds to do just that, for 90 minutes. The one-woman show, at the Annenberg Center through Sunday, is meant to explore women's troubled feelings about their bodies. Just as she helped women utter the word vagina over and over again in so many languages, the entertainer-activist is here to aid us in conquering our pervasive fear of spread and gravity.
June 27, 2013 |
It was in many ways another joyous annual reunion. The Raiders, a group of childhood pals who had reunited in midlife, had come to a sprawling house in Ocean City for a long, Big Chill kind of weekend together. There were the usual laughter, teasing, and remembering the good old Camden days of their childhoods. But there was another agenda: Michael Morris, one of their own, a popular South Jersey salesman, had died two months before. His widow was keeping her promise to him that his ashes would be spread in the Atlantic off Ocean City - the site of Raider reunions - with family and the Raiders attending for a last goodbye.
March 17, 2008 |
Marge was 48 years old when she came to my office last year complaining of depression. She said her marriage was "comfortable, but without passion. " Her teenage children were doing well, but she was worried about paying tuition when the time came. Her work life had been stable for 15 years. And then she woke up one day and realized that, at her age, many of her professional dreams would never come true. And she would probably be spending the rest of her life in her merely "comfortable" marriage.