Young@Heart (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Full of endearing characters, this doc about a choir of "seniors behaving badly" is uplifting and delightful.

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The Young@Heart Chorus is a vocal group from Northampton, MA, who have earned an international reputation for their unique interpretations of songs by Sonic Youth, the Ramones, and the Clash. However, this isn't a teenage garage band attacking the classic punk rock songbook -- the Young@Heart Chorus is comprised of 22 senior citizens whose average age is 80, and under director Bob Cilman they've gained a degree of fame for their enthusiastic a cappella renditions of well-known rock & roll tunes. Filmmaker Stephen Walker spent several weeks with the members of the Young@Heart Chorus as they rehearsed for their annual concert in Northampton, and Young@Heart is a documentary which offers a look at their rigorous rehearsal process, the background of several members, and their efforts to stay active and think positive, even as their friends succumb to old age. Produced for British television, Young@Heart was screened in competition at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating:
PG (for some mild language and thematic elements)
Genre:
Art House & International , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Cast

Bob Cilman
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus Musical Director
Joe Benoit
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Helen Boston
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Louise Canady
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Elaine Fligman
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Jean Florio
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Len Fontaine
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Stan Goldman
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Eileen Hall
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Jeanne Hatch
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Donald Jones
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Fred Knittle
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Norma Landry
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
John Larareo
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Miriam Leader
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Patsy Linderme
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Brock Lynch
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Joe Mitchell
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Steve Martin
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Dora B. Morrow
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Gloria Parker
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Liria Petrides
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Ed Rehor
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Bob Salvini
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Jack Schnepp
as Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Janice St. Laurence
as Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Stephen Walker
as Narrator
Stephen Walker
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Young@Heart

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (30)

Sure, these 'zesty', 'lively' old folks are enjoying themselves. The question is why on earth we should be expected to watch.

Full Review… | October 16, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

A more genuinely sweet and uplifting documentary I have not seen in quite a while.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Film.com
Top Critic

Young@Heart is nothing less than an ode to joy.

May 9, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

An undeniably sweet mix of disarming honesty, inspired gumption and brutal reality, Young@Heart somehow manages to avoid the maudlin while enhancing the obvious with its portrait of a chorus of senior citizens who sing contemporary rock songs.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Detroit News
Top Critic

What makes Young@Heart such an ingratiating experience goes far deeper than the novelty of seeing old people singing hard rock tunes.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

In many ways, this serious side of Young@Heart is what ultimately makes the film memorable.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Young@Heart

½

A touching documentary about the unlikeliest of American institutions, a chorus group from New England made up of seniors that performs an annual show, sometimes in Europe, despite the fact that many members are knocking at death's door. What's more, the film is punctuated by a few "music video" interludes that showcase some telling tracks, particularly "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones, David Bowie's "Golden Years" and disco classic "Stayin' Alive". It won't take long to warm up to this film as you watch it, and it's impossible to avoid being moved. "I'm just tired and bored with myself," (a line from Bruce Springsteen's "Dancin' in the Dark") sure sounds different coming from a group of 80-year-olds performing at a prison... and making the inmates cry! Young of Heart wedges a beautiful slice of.life between plenty of entertaining songs, and it makes for a film that's not to be missed.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

You're Never Too Old To Rock.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Documentary about a choir group from Northampton, Massachusetts, average age 80, that sing rock & roll tunes. Overly precious, even condescending, narration, mars the film. At times, feels a little like one of those "old people are cute" segments that often end nighttime newscasts. However it's hard not to like this film, these people are wonderful and their heart shines through.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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