I read a review of this movie which, while honest, was brutally so. You have to accept a low budget movie as that and look beyond the lack of professional actors, expensive sets, and incredible sound design and look at the story, the heart of the movie, the effort that went into making it what it is. And with this in mind, 55 and Older is a wonderful piece of work!
Yes, there's issues on every level you'd expect to see when you've got more drive and ambition than dollars. But so what? The fact is they put together a movie with an interesting plot, interesting characters, some fun ideas, and they delivered. While it might be nice to see this same story done again with all of the benefits of a large studio production, there's something incredibly endearing about 55 and Older just as it is!
Personally, I LIKE that its filled with non-actors. I like that you can feel the sense of "We're doing this and its going to be fine" throughout.
I won't give away the plot though its fairly simple and straight forward. There are no huge twists, no surprises, but that's okay and very in keeping with the characters, setting, and story.
The 90 minutes I spent watching this film were fun! I laughed and had a good time. And isn't that why we watch films to begin with?
55 and Older deserves recognition for delivering a nice story with likable characters on a constrained budget. And that's just fine.