Someone presented me with a challenge recently to find three movies that will help you feel better about menopause. I had to laugh as it’s not a popular subject in Hollywood and the subject of menopause isn’t broached in many television series either.
Menopause & Movies
Menopause has long been taboo and though many of us are trying to open up the conversation and blow the stereotype of frumpy middle age there’s still a stigma. However, times are a-changing. We have it on good authority there are a couple of mature, kick-ass female screenwriters out there now and some of our most beautiful leading ladies are 40, 50, 60 and 70+ and maintaining a strong screen presence.
We have to wonder why more 40+ women in movies aren’t made when historically movies and television shows starring 40+ women have become classics. Look at the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, the 1980s film Shirley Valentine (featured below), and more recently Grace and Frankie. (The first episode of Grace and Frankie can be viewed free on Netflix here.)
This ended up being a fun exercise and if there’s anything I know about you, our treasured MenoMe community, you love vitamin H (humour). So I’ve uncovered three delightful movies that will bring a smile to your face. Plus I couldn’t resist sharing a TV scene starring the gorgeous Kristin Scott Thomas that went viral earlier this year.
Some of these screen moments use colourful language.
1. Shirley Valentine
This iconic English film made its debut in 1989 and still has a bevvy of raving fans. Some would say it was way ahead of its time because it broached the subject of menopause way back then. Gasp! Unheard of.
Shirley Valentine (Pauline Collins) is a 42-year-old housewife in Liverpool who spends a lot of time sipping wine and talking to the wall. Her kids are grown and her husband Joe doesn’t seem to notice her anymore. When her friend Jane wins a two-week trip to Greece and invites Shirley she defies Joe and goes. While there she falls in love with herself and decides to stay. Joe begs her to come home but she’s found her power. At 1:36 Joe says:
“You don’t know what you’re saying because you’re going through the change of life.” Shirley replies, “That’s right, Joe. That’s exactly what it is, a change of life.”
Thirty years on – dated fashion and décor aside – it’s still a goody.
You can watch the full version of Shirley Valentine free on YouTube below.
2. Sex And The City 2
“I’m having a hot flash”, Samantha. “You’re on a camel in the middle of the Arabian desert – if you’re not having a hot flash you’re dead.” – Carrie Bradshaw.Three cheers to Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell. Sex and the City 2 can be seen on Netflix and purchased on Amazon.
3. Something’s Gotta Give
Why You Should Look Forward To menopause
Excerpt from the television series Fleabag with special guest star Kristin Scott Thomas’ epic menopause speech.
And that MenoMe-ers is a wrap!
Main image taken from movie.