Maverick, one of the most grown-up movies ever, has won the AARP Movies For Grownups Award

Top gun: Maverick

For two decades, AARP has been committed to helping all folly which floods movie theaters each year by celebrating what it calls “Movies For Grownups” with its annual Movies For Grownups Awards – with the only thing that makes a movie “for adults” is that it doesn’t have superheroes. Seriously, genre movies are fine, as you’ll see from this year’s winners, and even animated movies are fine since Upwards was nominated in 2010. Hell, Star Wars: The Last Jedi won Best Picture in 2018, which makes sense since it’s a perfect movie, but you can’t really argue that there’s anything more “adult” than anything in Black Panther.

Anyway, the Best Picture winner at this year’s Movies For Grownups Awards is so definitively “for adults” they might as well hang his sweater from the rafters and rename the award in his honor: Top gun: Maverick. It has no superheroes! It acknowledges the existence of sex! It has fighter jets! The protagonist is 60 years old! It’s a sequel to a movie that you’d have to be an adult to remember seeing in theaters, if you’ve ever seen it!

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That might be one of the most obvious choices ever made by the Movies For Grownups Awards, but there are still some cool picks from this year’s winners: Michelle Yeoh won Best Actress for Everything everywhere at once (an adult-themed film, even though they are presented in highly stylized packaging) and Jamie Lee Curtis won a Career Achievement Award (are the new Halloween adult movies? They must be ahead someone). Baz Luhrmann put on a good show, winning both Best Director and Best Time Capsule Elviswith Best Time Capsule seeming like an award designed specifically for that kind of movie.

Meanwhile, possibly just because of the title, FXs The old man and star Jeff Bridges won Best TV Series and Best Actor (TV). If you’re curious, Yellowstone was nominated but didn’t win, possibly as a pre-emptive response to people who have a stereotyped view of what adults like, like how the Oscars sometimes violently reject movies they see as preachy Oscar bait (while paradoxically they see movies like Green bookwhich Movies For Grownups somehow loved as well).

(Through Variety)

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