Not many people who have seen this (including myself) remember that Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) — delusional, vain, and ready for her closeup — had a younger man friend. Who could remember him? She was too fabulous!
"Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral." (Now there's a synopsis!) They consummate their relationship at some point, but this May/December romance shows, more importantly, that age is but a number when eccentricity is the tie that binds two weirdos together.
What cracks me up about what might be the first film to really begin the cougar stereotype, The Graduate, is that Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) is supposed to be a fresh-faced college graduate. (Hoffman was 30 at the time.) And the aggressive older woman, Mrs. Robinson, who seduced him and was played by Anne Bancroft — she was 36 at the time!
The title is pretty self-explanatory, but check it out — this 1983 film features young cub Crispin Glover!
When Rob Lowe was still considered a cub — but not to Jacqueline Bisset's cougar, who plays his mother in the film. Andrew McCarthy got that lucky gig.
"Someone said get a life. . .so they did." Part of getting a life after leaving your husband, apparently, involves a younger, shirtless Brad Pitt. Can't argue with that.
Sorry, but no matter what your age, Taye Diggs would help you get your groove back!
Oh, my. That is quite a poster. I suppose the emphasis on this cougar/cub connection is sex, right? (Susan Sarandon also plays a hottie older woman in Bull Durham, opposite Tim Robbins — who is also her real-life partner! Sexay!)
Ay, caramba! This movie was amazing — part coming-of-age film, part road trip, part melodrama, and sexy as all get out. No matter how, uh, surprising the erotic scene is between Ana (Ana Lopez Mercado), Tenoch (Diego Luna), and his buddy Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal) — there's always humor and tenderness there. It doesn't hurt that everyone involved is painfully beautiful.
Fifteen-year-old Oscar falls in love with his stepmother, Eve, played by Sigourney Weaver. How many taboos does this film take on?
Frances McDormand, as usual, rocks in this film. In fact, she plays a rock music producer who's finishing up recording her (younger) boyfriend's band's album. Maybe because it's directed by a woman (Lisa Cholodenko), their age difference and relationship isn't really a big deal in the movie.
Oy. Leave it to the French to bypass the "scandal" of older women/younger men and get to something even more loaded: race. Charlotte Rampling plays an older French woman who goes on a sex tour to Haiti to hook up with younger men for cash and gifts. This movie shows that when economics are involved, there's a difference in how women can exploit men — but it still feels like exploitation.
Perhaps because Europeans aren't as uptight as Americans about the older woman/younger man couple, they can be a little more out there in exploring its pathologies in interesting ways. In this French-language film set in Vienna, Erika (the magnificent Isabelle Huppert) is seduced by her piano student Walter (Benoit Magimel). Little does he know she's got some crazy mommy issues; that she's a masochist; and that he's in for more than he bargained for. Most definitely not a feel-good cougar movie!
The television show-turned-movie that kinda glamorized and kinda pathologized cougars. And shopping. And friendship. And basically everything having to do with women.
Two words: "Stifler's mom."