The title of my review is important. Some people will have "heard of" the Villages. Or "read about" the Villages. But they hear or read about a very limited perspective. They think there are only "pro" and "con," because they're equating senior life to a geographical location, and judging 70 square miles of homes and rec facilities based on the facade, rather than its people. This movie juxtaposes the experiences of a very few people with real stories, over that facade. The Villages has always been about the facade, and that contributes to the happy feeling most people have, most of the time, when they live here.
But it also contributes to the pressures of the community on you, the individual, to always show how happy you are. Even when your life's experiences present something other than perfection. How dare we be imperfect in this perfect place? Some Kind of Heaven shows us how we can dare be imperfect. The stories are touching, sad and sweet at the same time. Learning to love you for yourself, can help overcome loneliness. But it still won't get you a spouse. Learning to be a responsible, contributing member of society, will help you be able to not have to live in the back seat of a van. But it still won't take away the wanderlust of your youth. And learning to combat your need to live in a fantasy world of your own mind, will allow you to connect better with the people you believe you love. But it won't cement that connection and it takes effort.
Yes, the Villages is a paradise for seniors. Adult Disneyland. It is that, and more. But it is also a place where people of all kinds live, and as said in the movie, everyone living in the villages are not always happy. We need to recognize that, acknowledge it, appreciate it, and respect it. That's what this movie is about, and I think it did a great job in explaining that.