If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (2017)


“I have people who say to me, ‘You look good.’ Nobody, when I was 30 said, ‘You look good.’ What they mean is, ‘You don’t look dead.’ ” – Dick Van Dyke

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis –  Nonagenarians Carl Reiner interviews other famous 90+ year olds in order to try and find out why they are all thriving at such an old age.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Carl Reiner’s comedy and when I heard that he and George Shapiro made a documentary about life after 90, I was immediately hooked.

I found this film to be so entertaining mainly due to the long list of famous people who have passed the 90 year mark and were interviewed here.

It was so much fun listening to these funny and interesting interviews because each of the people shown here have different ideas for how and why they have found a way to revitalize their lives at such a late stage in life.

This is probably a topic that most people would think would be boring at first glance but the way that all of the people interviewed were so vibrant is proof that it’s possible to keep life going and thriving for a long long time.

One of the more somber parts of watching this film is the fact that we know that the words of wisdom they are giving us could very well be their last yet they all seem to act as if it doesn’t matter as long as they continue to live their lives to the fullest no matter their age.

A few of them have sadly passed on since they were interviewed and the saddest one for me to watch was Fyvush Finkel’s interview because I loved him for all those years that he starred on Picket Fences.

They do a wonderful job making it all feel realistic and unscripted that we clearly get to see the true personalities of these people which is so inspiring to wtach.

Bottom Line – Such an amazing documentary that is so entertaining due to the long list of funny and interesting interviewees.  The topic is one I probably never would have thought would be interesting but the way that we get to see how these people’s lives and careers have thrived over recent years is unbelievable.  The saddest part of watching this is knowing that many of these beloved people will be gone soon, but none of them act as if that matters because they are all living their lives to the fullest.  Loved the way this all felt so real and unscripted in a way that we get to see the true personalities of all these people. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – include comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee, the former president of Marvel, who’s still writing, producing and making cameo appearances in hit films at 94; Patricia Morison, 101, an actress and singer, and fashion icon Iris Apfel, 95. Actor Kirk Douglas, 100, chats with Reiner about the stroke that left him unable to speak and the subsequent one-man show he undertook, with his wife’s encouragement, to prove he could still function. (From HBO)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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