Men of a Certain Age
TV Series Review
They say you're only as old as you feel.
That's terrible news for Joe, Owen and Terry. Having logged 40-some years worth of mileage on their rapidly wrinkling selves, the longtime friends feel nothing but old.
Joe, a divorced business owner, is a recovering gambling addict who's toying with joining the Senior Professional Golfing circuit—while parenting two teens, one of whom is prone to serious panic attacks.
While Joe's wondering whether he can give up his business to swing a club, Owen's considering taking a club to his business—a prosperous car dealership built by his father. With pops out of the picture, Owen must figure out how to steer the ship on his own, and it's not always smooth sailing.
Rounding out the trio of best buds is Terry, a one-time actor who now works at Owen's dealership. He seems the happiest of the bunch, but only because he's desperately denying mortality through health food, a Gen-X slacker act and the occasional twentysomething girlfriend.
Based on the idea that maturity is an illusion—that we're all still growing up even as we grow old—Men of a Certain Age is a quirky, often disarming show that, being a fortysomething man myself, I have some sympathy for. It's not particularly easy for anyone to grow older, balancing work and spouses and kids and friends. Middle age is sometimes about compromise—when we reluctantly peel back youth's oversized dreams. Turns out, mortgage payment trumps Corvette every time. So even though Joe's, Owen's and Terry's lives and experiences are far different from my own, they make me feel as if I understand them a bit—that we're all in this together.
That said, their choices are often very different from those I'd like to think I'd make if I had lived their lives.
Joe and Owen are not always the best of family men, and Terry's constantly looking for a new—younger—woman to sleep with. All three can be prone to ogle and objectify females. And their language is loaded with (unbleeped) s-words.