At one point or another, we’ve all been told to “respect your elders.” It’s an age-old adage that applies to real life and the movies. Meaning, every once in a while it’s a good idea to sit back, relax and bask in the talent of some of Hollywood’s more mature stars — especially when they let loose and have some fun. They’ve been around for decades for a reason: they’re great at what they do.

Here are 4 excellent comedies that star some of the industry’s most celebrated actors and actresses of a certain age.


Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson play characters in their golden years who all end up — for very different reasons — at the same “retirement hotel” in India. There, they’re each forced to come to terms with their biggest regrets … and perhaps even do something about them. The not-as-advertised hotel just might end up changing their lives. (If you want to make it a double feature, pick up the sequel, too!)


Book Club – You don’t even need to see this one to start laughing — its premise is that brilliant: a group of female friends who’ve been in the same book club for 30 years decides to read Fifty Shades of Grey together… and before they know it, the novel’s, um, “lessons” begin to influence their relationships. Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen are the friends, and Andy Garcia, Don Johnson and Craig T. Nelson are the men in their lives. It’s a lighthearted romp with a rare take on over-50 female friendship.


It’s Complicated – Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin find themselves in an unexpected love triangle, and it’s soooo fun to watch. (I’m not going to say anything else because I’m assuming I already sold you on this movie after you read Streep, Martin and Baldwin.)


Grumpy Old Men – This revenge comedy was released in 1993 and became one of the biggest surprise hits of the year. That’s because everyone enjoys watching two crotchety friends-turned-enemies (who are also neighbors) continually try to one-up each other. In this case it’s especially entertaining (and dare I say poignant) because the old coots are played by two beloved Oscar-winners who’ve since passed: Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. When the lovely Ann-Margret moves into their neighborhood, their old rivalry flares up to epic proportions. There’s no way you won’t laugh.


Any other movies you love that center around “the golden years” come to mind after reading this list?


BONUS: Watch this clip to learn how Book Club came together