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The Way We Get By (2009)

Unrated | | Documentary | 2009 (USA)
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On call 24/7 for the past six years, three senior citizens have made history by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine. Filled with unexpected turns, their ... See full summary »

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On call 24/7 for the past six years, three senior citizens have made history by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine. Filled with unexpected turns, their uplifting and emotional journey demonstrates the meaning of community at a time when America needs it most. Written by Aron Gaudet

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Sometimes all it takes is a handshake to change a life.

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$7,149, 19 July 2009, Limited Release

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$106,042, 13 December 2009
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The Maine Troop Greeters have greeted over 750,000 troops as of November 2008. See more »

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Tribulations of Growing Old
11 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

This movie, first and foremost, is about the troubles of elderly people. From reading a description, one would expect Troop Greeting to be the main theme of this movie, but it is far from it. The Filmmaker follows 3 elderly people around talking about their life. Be prepared to hear about medical problems, loneliness, money problems, inevitable death, and how 'it used to be' (you know, the general 'old-man' ramblings). Troop Greeting merely a strategy of coping with their own loneliness and feeling of worthlessness.

You want to make a hard-hitting documentary about the elderly? Go visit some cheap nursing homes and retirement homes. I'm sure there's more interesting content there than old people shaking hands in airport terminals.

If you're thinking about spending money to watch this, don't. Spend the money on gas and visit a nursing home. It's essentially the same experience (albeit, with the addition of the old-person smell), except you might actually have a positive effect on someones life, if only for a day.


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