Sandra Bullock is 15 years older than Channing Tatum. Is Hollywood finally realizing that older women want younger men?

“[Dustin]Hoffman is said to be the same age as Ann Bancroft’s kids, but they’re actually only six years apart,” she said.

“Very insightful – they didn’t think an older woman could wear that… (although) now we see movies where it’s part of the movie, but it’s beside the point.”

Smaill said the shift was almost certainly driven by demographics and money.

“I think there’s a greater awareness now that women go to the movies and they don’t necessarily go with men. And that older women are a big target audience for films, if we’re talking about theatrical release rather than television,” she said.

“Maybe they want to see more complex characters with different experiences. And the ‘old man/younger woman’ kind of plot device is pretty hackneyed.”

Dating site OKCupid drew attention in 2014 when it surveyed thousands of its users and found that women under 30 are attracted to slightly older men, but by the time they hit 30, they begin to reverse their attraction based on age. So 40- to 50-year-old women are more physically attracted to men who are younger than them, not older. At the same time, men of all ages rated women in their 20s as most attractive.

Hollywood has always paired much younger women with older men. Are these recent movie releases a sign of a changed attitude? An equality of objectification?

Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate. She turned 36 just weeks after the release. he was 30

Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate. She turned 36 just weeks after the release. he was 30

Nicky Clark is an actress who was struggling to find work as she got older, so she launched the Acting Your Age campaign to push for more representative casting. She said seeing Bullock and Tatum’s cinematic romance is a step forward.

“It’s so refreshing to see a woman in her 50s romantically on screen with a younger man as we’ve become so used to the opposite being presented to audiences as routine and mundane,” she said.

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Smaill said there have always been older women in films, but they took on different roles.

“Ann Bancroft, I think she was 36 at the time The graduate came out was younger than Natalie Portman (now) and she was (should be) that woman of mature age,” she said.

The change is also evident in pop culture and society. Reality TV star Kris Jenner, 66, matriarch of the Kardashian clan, has a 41-year-old boyfriend, Corey Gamble. French President Emmanuel Macron is 24 years younger than his wife Brigitte Trogneux, who was his high school teacher when they met.

According to Smaill, Hollywood executives seem to be rethinking the types of films they are willing to fund, and it’s opening up roles and romantic leads for women who never had that opportunity before.

“I think an interesting point is that men (traditionally) wouldn’t watch films directed by women. But now maybe movies can appeal to both men and women,” she said.

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