Last night, Robin, Steve and I went to see "Young @ Heart," the movie about the chorus of elders who perform rock and roll. We all enjoyed the film and all had a similar question: were we laughing with or at these people? At the beginning of the film there are extreme closeups of some of the singers. You saw the hair on one woman's chin and someone else's bad teeth, causing lots of giggles in the audience. All three of us were uncomfortable. Closeups (not so extreme) were used throughout, probably in an attempt to simulate intimacy. I felt some of this was effective, showing older people warts and all. But those first shots were unnecessary. Also, I noticed few closeups of the better looking members of the group.
What pleased me most was how dedicated they were to being in the group, maintaining a high level of professionalism and performing. I think all of us, as we age, need to find passion and commitment to something outside of ourselves. It's what makes life worth living.