You’ve heard of the MPAA rating movies by which are appropriate for children — G, PG and so forth — but here’s a new one: which movies are appropriate for adults. AARP, the advocacy group for Americans 50 and up, recently awarded the movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit its first-ever “Movies for Grownups” Seal, signifying that the international thriller would appeal to AARP’s demographic. Movies for Grownups has been an AARP movie-review franchise for about a decade, but this is the first time the organization has actually issued a stamp of approval. In announcing the decision, AARP’s senior VP and editorial director Myrna Blyth highlighted the AARP-worthy talent in the film, like Sir Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Costner.
The group also recently announced the winners of its annual Movies for Grownups award, with best picture going to 12 Years a Slave (which, yes, is definitely a movie for grownups).