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Cocoon Offers a Youthful Look at Aging That Baby Boomers Can’t Resist

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Beating death — or at least the effects of old age — is a longtime scifi flick theme. In real life, Viagra or a plastic surgeon’s knife serves as the Fountain of Youth; on film, it comes in many different forms. The title character in The Picture of Dorian Gray has a magical painting that ages in his place. In Steven Spielberg’s Twilight Zone: The Movie segment, codger Scatman Crothers turns the elderly denizens of a retirement home into their youthful selves. Terminally-ill billionaire Anthony Hopkins attempts to buy Emilio Estevez’s body in Freejack . But perhaps the most memorable movie about the prospect of eternal youth is Cocoon.

In the 1980s, Baby Boomers began worrying about growing old, or more accurately, staying young, which led to the decade’s fitness boom of heath clubs, leg warmers and sweat bands. Cocoon, which was released in 1985, helped allay Boomer fears. Unlike the other aforementioned films which featured nature-defying scenarios, the old folks in Cocoon aren’t rejuvenated on the outside. Instead, swimming in an alien pod-ridden pool restores their health, energy and spirits. They still look like grandmas and grandpas, but they act like undergraduates, particularly Don Ameche’s ladies’ man, who busts a move (not a hip) breakdancing in a club. And although fears about aging and retirement are still in the forefront of Boomer minds, the future proposed by Cocoon was something they could get behind, with the help of organic food and a Jane Fonda workout tape, no aliens required.

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