"Oh God! She's gonna do Grandpa!"
WHO DO THEY THINK THEY’RE KIDDING?
BY JEANNINE SCHENEWERK
I recall sitting in a movie theater in 2003, to catch 'Something's Gotta Give', the film starring Jack Nicholson and Dianne Keaton. I'm not a fan of most of today's romantic comedies, but I am a Nicholson fan, so I took a chance. I won't give a film review here; rather, I'd like to share something I experienced in the theater.
Very soon, we are treated to the impending prospect of these two characters getting it on. Seated a row or two in front of me was a group of young women, all in their mid to late twenties.
As the implications of the aforementioned scene began to get through to the audience, I, and a number of other patrons, overheard one of the young women exclaim, "Oh God! She's gonna do Grandpa!" at which point, there was a ripple of laughter throughout our seating section.
I must admit, I found the exclamation not only amusing, but as well, rather telling, like the end of the old children's tale, The Emperor's New Clothes. You know, the one where a little child, in his completely honest observation, points out what his elders all know, but refuse to acknowledge, due to the old herd mentality. In the tale, it's the fact that the Emperor is not wearing a suit of clothes to die for, no, he is buck-naked! In the movie, it's the fact that viewers are to believe that this young woman finds this over-sixty man, sexually attractive, and highly desirable.
The following age-gap pairings, as far as I'm concerned, should be just as believable as the recent Nicholson-Peet offering, and could rouse a great deal of interest in another segment of the viewing populace, women, age forty and over.
Let’s Pair Meryl Streep and Tobey Maguire
Let's have a film depicting a torrid, romantic love affair between Susan Sarandon and Orlando Bloom, shall we? Follow this film with one starring Meryl Streep and Tobey Maguire, as perfectly paired, soul, and bedmates. Then, I suggest a film starring Barbara Streisand and Brad Pitt, in which they burn up the screen with long, steamy lovemaking scenes. I doubt seriously that we'd hear the word Viagra mentioned once, in these films!
Why not, when film-goers are asked to swallow the idea that twenty-something girls, and young women in their early thirties, dream of having sixty or even seventy year old men making love to them!
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