Forever Young (1992)

Yes, it’s a Mel Gibson, everybody hates him basically.

In 1939, the love of Daniel’s (Mel Gibson) life, Helen (Isabel Glasser), falls comatose after an accident. Grief-stricken, he agrees to be frozen alive in scientist Harry’s (George Wendt) cryogenics experiment in the hopes that when he’s thawed, Helen will be recovered. Some 50 years later, two kids revive Daniel, leaving him to cope with society’s developments — and having to find Harry and Helen.

This is one of those films that has a pretty interesting plot, but for some reason it just comes out really dumb on film, and no questions are answered. The plot makes no sense at first now that I look at it, his girlfriend gets in a car accident, and he doesn’t want to deal with the guilt, so he freezes himself for 50 years hoping that she’s still alive by then. Why wouldn’t you just wait?? Like that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

Also, the way this guy tracks everything down is dumb, cause he doesn’t even look for these people he once knew, and he’s all upset that some of his old friends are dead, when why wouldn’t they be?? It’s freaking been 50 years, and you think that everybody would just be alive as soon as you woke up!??!

This film was basically used as a star vehicle for Mel Gibson and well he’s good here. His character may not be the nicest guy ever, but he’s at least likable and nice to watch. But Jamie Lee Curtis is in this film, and her talents are showered down by a terrible character, because her and Gibson start to fall in love (who would have ever guessed), but they don’t pounce on it because Gibson is still looking for his lost love. So then Curtis is just there to stand and look pretty as usual.

The film does have its heart in the right place, and for some you may actually enjoy it, but I just couldn’t get past the story at all, and that’s what really fails.

Consensus: Forever Young may have a good Mel Gibson performance, and enjoyable for some, but it’s story is too unbelievable, dumb, and not as smart as it may look on paper.




  1. Can’t stand the guy anymore and his movies now seem tainted somehow. However, I haven’t watched this since Gibson became a public a*se and so my fond spot for it still remains. Sentimental but I love that overt happy ending…gets me every time.

  2. I remember loving this as a kid but have yet to see it recently. Wow, a 2?? It was supposed to be a cute love story that spanned time. You have to let a lot go just to accept the story to begin with.

    Crazy concept but then again, isn’t everything with a time travel related element?:P

  3. He actually didn’t want to freeze himself for 50 years. It was only supposed to be for a year. But I guess after the fire and Henry Finley dying, no one else knew about it, so he just stayed frozen. What I don’t get is… when Helen woke up, why didn’t she ask for Danny? Or try to find him?

  4. Wow, Dan was only half-watching this one (“…he freezes himself up for 50 years, hoping that she’s still alive by then”). Dan didn’t want to watch her die and asked his best friend/scientist to freeze him for a year. That makes this heartstring-fantasy acceptable and entertaining.

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