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Meryl Streep gets Complicated
Lots of people hate Meryl Streep. She gets nominated for every role she plays. She seems kinda bitchy. For an older woman, she's nowhere near as hot as Helen Mirren (who is, though?). She's usually in some weird/quirky movies. A walk through her IMDB page is quite interesting. I don't even remember half of these films. Rendition? Evening? Dark Matter? The Music of Regret? I sort of remember Prime, but only because Uma Thurman was in it. And, those are films from the past five years.
Here's the thing, though. I like Meryl Streep.
She does whatever the hell she wants, and is worshiped by colleagues and critics. She gives great speeches when she wins awards (which is often). She's an amazing actress. If there is any debate, watch Doubt. Watch Julie & Julia (my wife made me watch it, man). Watch the last fifteen minutes of Sophie's Choice (how did anyone get through that entire film?).
I'd love to get hammered with Meryl Streep. It'd be a hoot.
Back to the matter at hand. I think Hollywood needs to make more films like It's Complicated. Movies like Grumpy Old Men, The Bucket List and Something's Got to Give have proven audiences are interested in the 49+ demographic. Perhaps there is a heavy focus on the 12-24 crowd for a good reason, but it was getting to the point where mature adults were largely being ignored. Other than Nancy Meyers (who directed it's Complicated, Something's Got to Give and The Parent Trap), who else is getting these films made today?
No one, really.
I hope this film succeeds, not just because of Meryl Streep, or for the legions of writers out there who have penned excellent scripts about life after 50--but so people like my Mother (who just turned 59), have something relateble to see in the movie theater.
Oh, and Meryl Streep was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in It's Complicated. She was also nominated for Julie & Julia.
I kinda like her chances.