The documentary focuses on single-and-looking seniors such as Addie, a well-traveled free spirit who terrifies her more strait-laced, would-be suitors; Lou, an elderly body builder moved to tears when he learns that only one of 15 women he had “speed dated” wanted to meet him again; and Jon and Janice, who connect and hesitatingly form what promises to be something more than just a casual friendship.At its most basic, the film’s message is that hope springs eternal.Dating at any age can be stressful, exhausting, even hazardous to one’s self-esteem.
An older single woman named Becky shared her story about the importance of meeting new people.
Fireworks are rare for those who date during their so-called golden years, especially for women, who significantly outnumber their male counterparts.
To help right this imbalance, some seniors are borrowing a strategy from younger generations and trying speed dating in hopes of again feeling that spark of attraction.
Becky, Philadelphia, met a man on an Internet dating site and agreed to meet him at a popular Philadelphia pub. But, because she had been willing to risk meeting someone new, she ended up meeting a potential mate. During an intermission, the lead guitarist circulated among the audience, handing out his card, and invited people to his next gig. He knew my values before we even went out on our first date," said Becky.
Becky and the guitarist started e-mailing and did so as friends-only for months, while both dated other people. "I usually can tell within two dates if a new relationship is going anywhere and we've made it past that ‘two-date deadline.'" Betty, 73, formerly of California, moved to Idaho.