Date night idea! It’s almost the holiday weekend and if you’re like us, you’ve got kids at home for the summer. (Good-bye until August, sweet privacy.) Today I’ve rounded up some fun movies about empty nesters. I haven’t seen all of them myself, but hey, #moviegoals, right? So be sure to tell the kids that you two are going to “Netflix and Chill” (They’ll totally die!) then pop some popcorn and kick back.
(Please note: these are movies for grown-ups. None of them are rated “G,” if you get what I’m saying.)
(Rated PG-13) This comedy stars Academy Award winner Diane Keaton as a loving but over-protective single mother of three adult daughters (Mandy Moore, Lauren Graham, and Piper Perabo). She fears her daughters will end up alone, so she meddles in their love lives. Hilarity ensues, along with some unexpected growth on the part of the empty nester mom. (Available on Amazon Video.)
2. Enough Said
(Rated PG-13) In this comedy/drama, a soon-to-be empty nester mom (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) begins a romance with a man (James Gandolfini in his last starring role.) but begins to doubt it when she learns the truth about her friend’s (Catherine Keener) ex-husband. (Available on Amazon Video.)
(Rated PG-13) This comedy is about a mid-thirties career woman (Uma Thurman) who falls hard for a 23-year-old painter, only to find out he is the son of her therapist, played by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. (Available on Amazon Video.)
(Rated R) In this drama, a bitter, recently retired man (Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson) heads out on a journey to his estranged daughter’s wedding and discovers himself along the way. (Available on Amazon Video.)
(Rated PG-13) This thriller is about the wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) of a university professor (Harrison Ford), who believes her home might be haunted by the ghost of a recently murdered college student. She investigates. (Available on Amazon Video.)
(Rated PG-13) In this comedy, a 30-something boomerang kid (Matthew McConaughey) is way too comfortable living at home with his parents. So they hire an interventionist (Sarah Jessica Parker) to provide him with the incentive to leave. (Available on Amazon Video.)
(A documentary, so not rated.) A father documents his 17-year-0ld daughter’s senior year of high school, exploring the father-daughter relationship and his feelings about the impending empty nest. Warning: this is a documentary. Get your tissues out before you watch this! (Available on Amazon Video.)
8. Hope Springs
(Rated PG-13) This comedy stars Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple with a 30-year marriage. They decide to attend an intense, week-long marriage counseling session (with Steve Carrell as the marriage counselor) in order to spice things up and work on their relationship. (Available on Amazon Video.)
(Rated PG) In this cute holiday film, empty nesters Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to skip Christmas completely and take a Caribbean cruise instead. Their daughter, who had been serving in the Peace Corps, decides to come home at the last minute, sending them into a hilarious frenzy as they try to prepare for the holidays on short notice. This movie was adapted from a novel by John Grisham. (Available on Netflix or Amazon Video.)
Do you have any favorite movies about empty nesters? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to this list, okay? In the meantime, happy viewing!