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Movie Ages
If you're 15 or younger, then just remember that it's nevertheless probably too late to be a child prodigy.
Title text: If you're 15 or younger, then just remember that it's nevertheless probably too late to be a child prodigy.


Based on the person you are talking to, take their age on the far left, add "Did you realize that..." add the corresponding movie that is across from their age then "...came out..." add the phrase at the end of row.

E.g. - If a person is 30, then it would go a little something like this "Did you realize that Home Alone came out more than 20 years ago?"

This would make people feel old because certain movies that they felt were close to them are actually aging quickly. In a way, this chart likens the age of the movie to the age of the person, as the person in each case was about 9-12 years old when the movie came out, but as movies have shorter "life cycles" and seem to lose glory quickly, it seems that the movie is very old. However, the age at which a movie is accepted to be old is not nearly as large as the age at which a person is accepted to be old, so the person is not actually that old. This makes it seem that the person is far older than they actually are.

And since this chart is designed to make someone feel old, anyone over 35 gets lumped in with "older people," which no one likes.

The title text states that if you are 15 or younger it is probably already too late to be a child prodigy. This may be a reference to 447: Too Old For This Shit, in which Randall believes that anyone over the age of 11 has already missed out on their chance to become famous.

Randall has covered making people feel old several times in 647: Scary, 973: MTV Generation, 1393: Timeghost and 1477: Star Wars.


The 2011 Guide to Making People Feel Old
-Using Movie Release Dates-
[A chart with 2 columns. First column is labeled 'Their Age,' and is numbered 16 through 35 & 'over 35.' The second column is labeled 'You Say' and is divided into four sub-columns. The first sub-column reads '"Did you realize that...' from 16-35, and the third sub-column says 'Came Out' from 16-35.]
Age 16: Snakes on a Plane... Half a decade ago?"
17-19: Revenge of the Sith... More than half a decade ago?"
20: Finding Nemo... Eight years ago?"
21-22: Shrek... Ten years ago?"
23-25: The Matrix... Not the last decade, but the one before that?"
26: Toy Story... Over fifteen years ago?"
27: The Lion King... Seventeen years ago?"
28: Jurassic Park... Eighteen years ago?"
29: Terminator 2... Twenty years ago?"
30-32: Home Alone... More than twenty years ago?"
33-35: The Little Mermaid ... Closer to the moon landing than the present day?
Over 35: "Hey, did you see this chart? You match your age to movie - oh, right, sorry, it only goes up to 35. I guess it's not really aimed at older people."

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This chart kinda breaks down when you meet someone who doesn't follow movies or has poor memory. Awkward moments happen. Davidy²²[talk] 10:06, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Direct quote from transcript:
"The 2011 Guide to Making People Feel Old
-Using Movie Release Dates-"
The second clause is as important as the first. I don't follow movies too much, but it isn't hard to make me feel old ("Oh, you're a decade and a half already?" "Oh, you're two decades already?" "Oh, you're a quarter-century?", etc). --Quicksilver (talk) 20:39, 17 August 2013 (UTC)

You can still use this in the future. Just add n-2011 to each time on the chart. (Where n is the current year.) So for instance, in 2014, the 16 year old one becomes 19 year olds, and the year is "Just under a decade ago." 09:45, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

Wow, you hacked it! --Kronf (talk) 23:06, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Although not intended to make anyone feel old, the Gettysburg address begins by noting that it is 87 years since the Declaration of Independence. (A score is 20, so "four score and seven" equals 87. In 1873, 1776 was 87 years ago.) 21:25, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

What about Men in Black? Final-year high-school students (in Australia, at the very least) were born after it came out. When I realized this, it blew me away. Date: 24 February 2015. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

This comic was released half a decade ago. 17:48, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

Logical flaw in the title text: I was already a child prodigy in 2011 :P. Hppavilion1 (talk) 17:59, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

Did you realize that this comic came out closer to Finding Nemo than the present day? -- 22:13, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

wat? thats wird. also, jurassic park overated. 17:33, 25 March 2024 (UTC)