Scariest Age Differences Between Romantic Leads In Modern Movies
Hollywood has always favored exceptionally young women. In films, male protagonists are often paired with much younger women. If you ask most women, it’s scary because they all go out to see Leonardo DiCaprio with Margot Robbie or Bradley Cooper with Jennifer Lawrence. All of this is in service of the male gaze and the fact that many men feel entitled to the attention and affection of young women as they age.
It is also a flaw of Hollywood in that executives feel that male stars attract more audiences than female stars. That may have been true in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, when gender roles were stricter and more traditional, but news flash, it’s 2022, and gender roles are significantly more blurred and less traditional.
Recently, Hollywood has been more successful in casting romantic roles of similar ages, and romance films featuring women over 40 have gradually emerged. In Marry me, Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson are well matched — the two actors will be or have already turned 53 in 2022. In The game of hate Lucy Hale is 32 and just five years younger than her costar, Austin Stowell, 37. On the other hand, Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza bucks the trend, with 19-year-old Cooper Hoffman’s character falling in love with 30-year-old Alana Haim’s character.
The nine movies below are all a bit older and feature some truly chilling age differences between the romantic leads.
9 Silver Linings Playbook – 15 Years
Silver Linings Playbook hit multiplexes across the country in 2021. Bradley Cooper played Pat Solitano, a man with bipolar disorder and, at the start of the film, had just been released from eight months in a mental institution. Jennifer Lawrence played Tiffany Maxwell, who agrees to help him get his wife back if he enters a dance contest with her, but they gradually begin a romance together. Cooper was 37 and Lawrence was 22 when this film was released.
8 Wolf of Wall Street — 16 years old
The wolf of Wall Street was released in 2013 and is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, who defrauded investors of his company Stratton Oakmont. Olivia Wilde was interested in playing DiCaprio’s love interest Jordan Belfort in the film, but was told she was too old for the role; she was 29 years old. The role eventually went to Margot Robbie, then 23, while DiCaprio was 39.
seven Edge of tomorrow – 20 years
The 2014 action-sci-fi movie edge of tomorrow played Tom Cruise in his latest attempt to prove he has the fitness levels and agility of a much younger man. This story of aliens invading Earth and taking over Europe, requiring an American defense elite to save the continent, also starred Emily Blunt as Cruise’s half-love interest. Blunt was 31 at the time and Tom Cruise was 51.
6 As good as it gets – 26 years old
In 1997 As good as it getsJack Nicholson played a novelist with a number of flaws — he was homophobic and perpetually grumpy, to name just two of his nasty illnesses, and had crippling OCD. Helen Hunt played his waitress, a single mother whose son suffered from a chronic illness. Nicolson and Hunt won Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. At the time, Hunt was 34 and Nicholson was 60.
5 Indecent proposal – 26 years old
In 1993, Indecent Proposal (and Demi Moore’s iconic ’90s outfits, especially this black dress) was making waves at the box office and around water coolers where people wondered: would you (or would you like your wife) spend a night with someone else for a million dollars? Moore’s on-screen husband was Woody Harrelson, who is only a year older than Moore. However, the man they are dealing with, Robert Redford, was 56 years old. Her character wanted Demi because he felt entitled to her attention and affection. Demi Moore was then 30 years old.
4 Moonlight Magic – 28 years old
moonlight magic is a 2014 romantic comedy from the problematic Woody Allen. That’s all that really needs to be said to indicate that there will be a huge, ridiculous age difference in the movie, but this time it’s not between Allen and an ingenue, but between Colin Firth and Emma. Stone. Now, let’s be honest, a lot of women would give Colin Firth a pass for just about anything, but this casting is all about Allen. Firth was 53 and Stone 25.
3 Lost in translation – 34 years old
One of the most egregious examples of a ridiculous age difference is found in Sofia Coppola’s 2003 romantic comedy lost in translation. Bill Murray starred as an American movie star in the midst of a midlife crisis who travels to Tokyo to be the spokesperson for a whiskey brand. There, he meets another displaced American, a recent college graduate played by Scarlett Johansson. While it’s debatable whether the two were romantically involved or more platonic about friendship amid their respective loneliness, it’s undeniably a little scary to see the 52-year-old from Murray running with a youngster from 18 years old. Johnson.
2 Something has to give – 35 years old
In 2003, something must give went through two stages. While it featured a romantic woman over 40 in Diane Keaton, there was also a ridiculous age difference first, as Jack Nicholson’s character begins the film with Keaton’s character’s young daughter. , played by Amanda Peet. Nicholson’s character was a record label owner who bragged about only dating women under 30, until he was forced to cohabit with Keaton while recovering from a heart attack. . Nicholson was 66 and Peet was 31.
1 Trapping – 39 years old
The award for the biggest age difference between romantic lead roles in a film goes to the years 1999 Trapping. Catherine Zeta-Jones played an investor for an insurance company and Sean Connery played an international art thief. Their paths crossed and sparks flew in this spy thriller that, as we wrote in the Blu-ray review, “kinda makes us believe Catherine Zeta-Jones might be sleeping with Sean Connery.” Connery was 68 and Zeta-Jones was 29. Again, Zeta-Jones has been happily married to Michael Douglas since 2000, who is 25 years older (77 vs. 52), so each his own.