Add 65+ age rating bracket

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One's interests change/mature with age. Adding an 65+ age bracket to the rating demographic chart would be insightful in picking which movies to watch.
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Ben Manny

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Dan Dassow, Champion

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Hi Ben Manny,

I personally would find having this additional age demographic group useful. In additional it would be great to sort film and television series titles by demographic group.

This also may provide insight into the eventual Best Picture Award winner.
Oscars 2016: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Ratings Aged 45+
8.3 Spotlight (2015)
8.2 Room (2015)
8.1 The Martian (2015)
8.0 The Revenant (2015)
8.0 The Big Short (2015)
7.9 Brooklyn (2015)
7.8 Bridge of Spies (2015)
7.5 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

The counter argument is that the population of IMDb users over the age of 65 may be too small for this to be meaningful.

The demographics for The Shawshank Redemption (1994) as of 22-Jan-2016 illustrate this counter argument.


Here are the ratings:


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Ben Manny

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Thanks Dan for your support and insights. Picking a movie to watch is like picking a wine, but instead of matching food you match mood. I have used IMDB for 15+ years and i have had to modify how I use it to determine what movie to buy for future viewing, and what I would like to watch when I want to watch a movie. The total rating score has become less useful for me as a predictor. The ratings distribution across the 10 levels is usually a better indicator for me. Ratings over age typically follow the pattern you have noted with "The Shawshank Redemption". There are movies like "The Sound of Music" where the ratings for the 45+ group are higher than the average rating - but this is rare and is probably dependent more on the number of ratings as opposed to the rating value itself. I believe having the 65+ bracket would be easy to add and provide a useful and interesting data point.

I like your Oscar observation and it would be interesting to see the Oscar votes broken out by age brackets. Of course ratings is just one predictor. I always read a few of the reviews. Others have suggested the age of the reviewer be stated. I agree with this suggestion or better yet, being able to select reviews by age bracket. I still find the best predictor for me is the director.
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Dan Dassow, Champion

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Ben Manny,
Picking a movie to watch is like picking a wine, but instead of matching food you match mood.
Interesting observation. I tend to follow a number of reviewers, including ones with whom I generally disagree. I use the IMDb ratings as a benchmark that skews heavily towards males 18 to 29.