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Heaven help the death panel-loving crank who pans Age of Champions, a lighthearted look at the 2009 Senior Olympics. Similar to other documentaries of unassailable topics (see last year’s Babies), the film induces an automatic sense of goodwill, profiling athletes who annually compete for the world’s record in categories ranging from pole vault to shot put. Yet unlike 2008’s mawkish Young@Heart—old people sing the darndest things!—Age of Champions respects its subjects’ passions and dedication by not making age a re-occurring punch line, be it the story of a 100-year-old tennis phenom or the elbow-throwing basketball games where the paramedics escort injured grandmas off the court.
Saturday, June 25 at 5:15 p.m. at AFI Silver 1; also on Sunday, June 26 at 2:15 p.m. at AFI Silver 2.