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… lessons in how to be.

Who's in It: Bob Cilman, the Young @ Heart choir

The Basics: A group of senior citizens in Northampton, Mass., led by their director, Cilman, performs contemporary songs by bands like Sonic Youth, the Ramones and Coldplay. This documentary follows them as they prepare for a concert and as two of their members suddenly die over the course of rehearsals.

What's the Deal? After you turn 21, the world spends the rest of your life telling you how old you're getting and how awful that is and how much time is slipping away and how you're wasting it. And then you see people like this who clearly didn't get the memo that they were supposed to slump off and hide their gross, wrinkly skin from people so as not to remind everyone of death. In other words, these people are lessons in how to be. You (and I) would be lucky to wind up singing "I Wanna Be Sedated" for a paying audience at the age of 85.

Also? Not a Joke: Hipsters might find it amusing to hear someone's grandmother learning the lyrics to Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia," but when you watch these guys do their thing, you realize that they're way more real and entertaining and interesting than most crappy bands out there.

Bring the Kleenex: There are two moments that'll make you watery on the face if you've got one. One is a performance of Coldplay's "Fix You," the other is a scene where they perform Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" at a prison moments after learning that one of the choir's members died the night before.

Another Reason to Dislike U2: The filmmakers couldn't get the rights to the band's song "One" for the theatrical release of the film.


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