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Before you flee south, see HBO's 'Kings Point'

The New York Times has a story about a few baby boomers who've bought into Florida retirement communities, where prices are low and the neighbors may be decades older. The prices really are tempting. But before you hop on a plane to Boca, you might want to check out "Kings Point." The Oscar-nominated documentary short makes its TV debut at 9 p.m. Monday on HBO.

Before you flee south, see HBO's 'Kings Point'

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Bea and Frank, two of the subjects of Sari Gilman's "Kings Point"

The New York Times has a story about a few baby boomers who've bought into Florida retirement communities, where prices are low and the neighbors may be decades older.

The prices really are tempting. But before you hop on a plane to Boca, you might want to check out "Kings Point." The Oscar-nominated documentary short makes its TV debut at 9 p.m. Monday on HBO.

Filmmaker Sari Gilman follows the lives of several residents of the retirement community where her grandmother lived for many years. It's one of those places couples moved to when they wanted warmer weather and no worries and the companionship of their own generation. But as Gilman's film shows, life may be full of compromises, especially for those left widowed.

More a series of snapshots than a fully realized story, "Kings Point" reminds us that aging isn't for sissies and all the warm weather in the world isn't going to stop it from happening.

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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As the TV critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, I've always believed my job is less about thumbs -- up or down -- and more about the conversation. Because the more choices we have, the fewer people in our lives know what we're talking about when we say, "Did you see that?" And that's when television really starts to get interesting.

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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