I came across this trailer for a new Netflix series the other day and it got me thinking. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell said it took roughly 10,000 hours to achieve mastery in a field. I look at this trailer with phenomenal actors, created by one of the co-creators of FRIENDS, and all of whom have exceeded that 10,000 hour threshold.
The show looks funny. I certainly hope it’s funny, but more than that, I hope Grace and Frankie starts to represent a shift in thinking around who, exactly, can be funny – and by extension, desirable at a box office level. We all know Hollywood is notoriously young-centric. Amy Shumer just did a brilliant short sketch about Tina Fey and Patricia Arquette celebrating Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ “Last F**kable Day”. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin did a great bit at the Golden Globes expressing wonder that men can be funny too.
Women, and old people – especially older women – are completely marginalized in the film and television industry. We all know this. But I also know that Netflix is in business to make money. Not art house, niche prestige – they go for series that are mass hits. By casting these older actors and centering the show around the two women, does it mean that maybe finally Hollywood is pulling its head out of its ass in regards to sexism and ageism?
Maybe I’m being idealistic. But maybe *she says crossing her fingers* we’ll enter a crazy, brave new age where experience, even in that industry is celebrated and revered. Meantime, I’ll be watching Grace and Frankie, and the brilliant British series Vicious (with Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as a bitchy gay couple) and enjoying the talent that only time can hone.
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https://t.co/1UHQhm57rN Cautiously optimistic about the premise
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