We all crave eternal youth just so that we can continue with our crazy shenanigans without wrinkles. Of course, this pursuit is futile and we can only really turn to fairy tales and the movies to see how life would alter if we never grew older. It’s a good job then that numerous films have featured various characters deciding to pause the aging process. Here are five fountain of youth movies that will almost certainly keep you young.
After falling off a bridge, Matthew Perry’s Mike O’Donnell turns into his 17-year-old self. Luckily, the teenage version of Mike looks like Zac Efron and the little squirt looks to impart some wisdom on his kids, which they listen to intently.
Wilford Brimley, Don Ameche, and Hume Cronym are made to feel younger, stronger, and happier after swimming in a pool that has been charged with a life force by a group of aliens that will give the species enough power to get home.
Darron Aronofsky’s science fiction epic sees Hugh Jackman’s Tommy Creo and Rachel Weisz’s Izzi Creo travel across time, portraying a modern-day scientist and his cancer-stricken wife, a conquistador and his queen, and a space traveler in the future who hallucinates his lost love. It’s heart wrenchingly beautiful with Aronofsky’s visual motifs adding extra pathos to the movie.
“Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
The fourth installment of this often maligned film series sees Captain Jack Sparrow, played drunkenly by Johnny Depp, travel with Penelope Cruz’s Angelica as they search for the Fountain of Youth. Not that either of them really need it.
This 2002 adaptation of Natalie Babbitt’s children book sees Winnie, played by Alexis Bledel, drink from a water spring that stops her and her immediate family from aging. She's lucky that she wasn't bedridden by a horrible illness.