HBO’s Newest Documentary Sheds Light on Life After 90

Some believe that the elderly are less active and healthy and productive than the rest, HBO’s newest documentary aims to change that.


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From left: Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Norman Lear

In the most recent release from HBO Documentaries, If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast, veteran actor and comedian Carl Reiner aims to engage audiences around the world in the differentiating narratives of individuals above the age of ninety years young.

Through interviews and exposition, the show describes how seniors in the late double digits can live healthy and maintain a productive lifestyle, despite the stereotypes insisting the contrary.

Being a man of Hollywood esteem, Reiner calls in some big guns to help drive home his point that seniors can be just as active as the generations that will surpass them.

Cameo appearances from silver screen heavy weights such as Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, and Mel Brooks narrate the steps seniors can take to secure their health and wellness in later age. Activities ranging from exercise, dieting, and overall maintenance of mood and mindfulness turn out to all play a vital role in achieving this goal.

With its main objective being to discredit some stereotypes held by individuals in relation to the elderly, this film chooses to portray its interviewees in the same youthful and spirited light that their actions have always conveyed. It provides a good starting point, and encouragement for, the conversation of senior health, wellness, and livelihood in general.

If You’re not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast was released by Home Box Office Entertainment June 5th, 2017

You can watch the trailer here, and the entire film here with an HBO Go account or cable subscription.